Meet Winter the Dolphin - Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida
Winter’s Tail Virtual Field Trip

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SUBJECT
Vocabulary, Animals, Fish and Marine Life, Habitats and Ecosystems, Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Science through Literature, Friends and Friendship, Language Arts, Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles, Survival

GRADE
K-5

DURATION
1 Hr

Meet Winter the Dolphin

Winter's Tail: Lessons & Printables

Explore the world of dolphins with science and vocabulary lessons.  Students will learn about dolphin biology and marine life through these quick language arts activities.

OBJECTIVE
Prepare your class for this special event with science and language arts lessons that provide a framework for students during the virtual field trip. Developed by Clearwater Marine Aquarium, these lessons will help students understand dolphin biology and marine life.

Lessons and activities are available for use before, during, and after the live event and can also be used to teach with the book, Winter's Tail. They are designed primarily for grades 3-5, but can be adapted for younger students.

Warm-Up Activities:
Before you begin, get kids excited with these warm-up activities:

  • Dolphin Trivia: ask students to take this quiz at home the night before the lessons or field trip.  Encourage online research to find the answers. Students can visit the following websites for help:

Or, as a classroom activity, structure the quiz questions around a game show format and play Dolphin Jeopardy!

Lesson Plans

Lesson 1:  Dolphin Basics
Dolphin Basics
Introduce students to Winter and her dolphin family through a science vocabulary word search.
Lesson 2:  The Science Behind Dolphins
The Science Behind Dolphins
Dive deeper into dolphin science! Students will study the facts about the anatomy of a dolphin and be asked to test what they discovered through a true/false quiz and dolphin map activity.

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Keeping Oceans Healthy
Keeping Oceans Healthy
Helping marine animals like Winter the dolphin may be easier than you think! Following these simple tips for a healthier Ocean.
How To Help: A Call to Action
How To Help: A Call to Action
Learn more about the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and about ways to help Winter the dolphin.

LESSONS FOR THIS UNIT
Lesson 1: Winter the Dolphin: Echolocation Game
Lesson 2: Dolphin Basics
Lesson 3: The Science Behind Dolphins

REPRODUCIBLES
Winter Word Search (PDF)
True/False (PDF)
Marine Web (PDF)
Dolphin Map (PDF)

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