Video Clip: Dolphin Tale

Summary of Dolphin Tail: In an inspirational story of the bond between animals and humans, a boy named Sawyer discovers an injured dolphin, who is brought to a marine hospital and named Winter. Unfortunately,her injuries cost Winter her tail, without which shemay not survive. But with Sawyer’s devotion, a marine biologist’s (Harry Connick Jr.) expertise and the brilliance of a prosthetist (Morgan Freeman) charged with creating a new tail, Winter may receive a second chance at life.

Focus Questions for Putting a Tail on a Fish Clip:

  • Is a dolphin a fish? Justify your answer. Make sure to listen to the students without immediately correcting them. Hear what they think then kindly address their misconceptions with evidence.
  • What is the function of a dolphin tale?
  • Compare and contrast a dolphin to a catfish. Note: Being from Louisiana, my students are familiar with the deliciousness that is catfish. 
  • How can dolphins communicate with one another?

Classroom Resources:

  1. Warner Brothers and the National Wildlife Federation released and DolphinTale Educators’ Guide with activities to support learning in the classroom.
  2. Venn Diagram– From Eduplace
  3. Interactive Venn Diagram from Read, Write, Think

How could you use this video clip or movie in your classroom?


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