5th Grade Book Club Activities for Island of the Blue Dolphin
I remember reading Island of the Blue Dolphins when I was in 5th or 6th grade and really loving it but it was a kind of quiet book. I didn’t notice kids at school reading it either, and I assumed too old-fashioned and had fallen out of favor. When it arrived on our doorstep for PickyKidPix’s 5th grade book club, I was delighted! She hasn’t it read it yet though.
The girls in her book club enjoyed the book but they enjoyed the book club meeting even more! The first activity was a scavenger hunt followed by a quiz show. I loved Penny’s ideas for the book club — not too complicated or difficult to do, but ties in beautifully with the book and really fun for kids!
On an island, you’ll have to search for food. The activity that Penny planned was an outdoor hunt for candy that she had hidden all over her yard. The girls LOVED the outdoor scramble for candy!
Each kid wrote down three things they’d bring to a deserted island. The slips were put into a pile and pulled one by one. The group had to guess who it was. The answers are hilarious! Here are a few of them:
Food, water, and clothes. (I had no idea that PickyKidPix would be so practical!)
Bed, swing, and yacht.
Dog, fence, and refrigerator. (Her friend H doesn’t even have a dog which made us all giggle! She needed the fence for the dog, of course. And the fridge?)
Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O’Dell
Young Karana manages to survive by herself for eighteen years on a deserted island off the California coast.
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