Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Click here to open the answer sheet where you will type all of your answers.


1. Wonapalei harvests abalone for food and tools. What is an abaloneHave you ever eaten one?


2. She prefers red abalone. How large is a red abaloneWhich is larger – your hand or a red abalone?


3. People hunted the sea otters. How are sea otters unique among animals?


4. Why were sea otters nearly extinct?


5. Kelp grows in the sea around the island. How fast does kelp grow?


6. How did Mr. O’Dell become aware of the true story of Karana?


7. List two facts about cormorants.        


8. One plant found on the island is the toyon bush. What is its common name?

Would you expect to find it growing naturally in your town? Why or why not?


9. Aleuts came to hunt the sea otters. How did the Aleuts get that name? Are they Eskimos?


10. The Island of the Blue Dolphins really exists and is part of the Channel Islands.         Which island in the chain do you think is the one?


11. Would you give this book a good review or a bad review?  What did you think of this book?


12. Karana tells you many distances in leagues. How far is that in miles? Use


13. If it is 3 leagues from your home to school, how far is that in miles?


14. O’Dell describes the sea elephant. Look at these photos. Is this what you imagined from his description?  How does your imagined picture of the seal  differ from the real one?


15. Karana decides to hunt a male sea elephant (Northern Elephant Seal) for its teeth. How much can a male elephant seal weigh?


16. Watch Santa Cruz Island video on the NPS web site and describe how people have affected the island.


17. The Chumash lived along the western coast of North America. Explore this site about these people.  Write 3 facts about their culture.


18. Take this online quiz about the book. Record your score.


19. The Channel Islands are now a marine sanctuary. What does this mean?


20. Mr. O’Dell founded the Scott O’Dell award for Historical Fiction.  How many of these have you read?


21. You are required to select one of the O’Dell Award books for a history and literature project.   Describe how you would use the resources at Google books to make a selection.


More Activities

Make a Venn diagram here that compares the the Chumash people with a group of native americans that live(d) in your state.

Investigate an organism of the Channel Islands area project and create a PowerPoint about that organism.

Make a Story Plot Timeline  based on the novel – Timeline generator

Design a PowerPoint presentation of the story’s elements- this is your guide

Kelp Forest – Dragonfly TV     

Make a Book Trailer with Photo Story 3 or Make a Video Book Trailer

Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium: Kelp Forest

Use the cams (look at the bottom of the page) to see a tidal pool or an otter.

Play the Deep Sea Memory Game