Where can I find lesson plans, activities, and questions with answers about the novel The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse?  

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edcon eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is a plethora of resources available for Karen Hesse's 1996 children's novel The Music of Dolphins.  One of the more complete sources is published by Novel Units, Inc., and it is available at amazon.com.  It contains reading, writing, and critical thinking, vocabulary, graphic organizers, information about the author, tests, quizzes, and answer keys. 

There are also plenty of resources available at various websites.  Some are free, some require only a registration, and some require a purchase. Beside each URL  is a brief description of the resource.

  • https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/the-music-of-dolphins-by-karen-hesse/   Novel and supplemental materials.  
  • https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26482.The_Music_of_Dolphins community reviews and a question and answer forum
  • https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?a=1&tid=4769     lesson plans, author blog, author interview, audio book
  • https://www.pinterest.com/pin/372109987948012922/  lesson plan, study guide, and reading questions for purchase
  • https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Music-of-Dolphins-1162670    activities, printables avalable for purchase of a digital download
  • https://www.edhelper.com/books/The_Music_of_Dolphins.htm     rich resource requires an annual subscription
  • http://www.lessonindex.com/The_Music_Of_Dolphins_by_Karen_Hesse.htm  curated collection of web resources including enotes.com
  • http://tarawarmerdam.com/2015/06/09/music-of-the-dolphins-by-karen-hesse/     a book blog for teachers
sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is no shortage of websites that provide lesson plans, activity guides, worksheets, teacher guides, quizzes, and so on for this book. Some websites do not provide any of that stuff, but the website provides links to where those things can be found. The main downside (if you want to think of it that way) is that a user is likely going to pay for many of those resources.

Teachers Pay Teachers is a good resource; however, just like the name implies, you will be paying for those resources. You will also need to sign up for an account. The good news is that the website has a lot of stuff for this book.

LessonIndex.com might be worth a look too. It provides links to other websites that have the information that you might be looking for. Enotes is even listed here.

I was able to find a blog called "The Reading Corner," and there is a post about this book. The best news regarding this particular post is that the author posted a bunch of discussion questions and writing ideas that a teacher could use with students.

My final recommendation is to use Pinterest. It also has a lot of information to peruse through regarding the book. Most of the time Pinterest is only providing a link back to something like Teachers Pay Teachers; however, just scrolling through some of the posts might spark an idea for a lesson or an activity. You will still have to produce your idea, but you could also turn around and put it up on Teachers Pay Teachers.

jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You can find an enotes summary of Music for Dolphins at the following link: https://www.enotes.com/topics/the-music-of-dolphins. In addition, you can find an author interview with Karen Hesse, an audiobook excerpt from the novel, and lesson plans related to the novel, at the following link:https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?a=1&tid=4769.

To access the lesson plan directly, you can go to the following link: https://multcolib.org/music-dolphins. At this link, created by the Oregon State Library, you can find questions related to the novel. These questions involve concrete questions such as "What makes Mila want to return to the sea?" and deeper, more inferential questions such as, "What do you think the title means?" This link also includes activities; This includes listening to Mozart (as Mila does in the novel), and writing down one's thoughts and feelings as one listens to the music. Finally, there is a suggested snack—goldfish crackers—to accompany the novel. 

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