The Magic Tree House Dolphins at Daybreak Activities

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

'Dolphins at Daybreak' is a fun story about two siblings who have an ocean adventure. This book by Mary Pope Osbourne can be used to encourage elementary students to engage in a variety of writing, research, and science activities.

The Magic Tree House

Mary Pope Osbourne's Magic Tree House series chronicles the adventures of Jack and Annie as they travel through time and space in their backyard tree house. These books teach readers about science, history, geography, and more. The book Dolphins at Daybreak features Jack and Annie's trip to a coral reef where they encounter dolphins, sharks, and a giant octopus. Jack and Annie use their research to escape the sharks and solve a riddle. These activities can be used with your elementary school students after reading Dolphins at Daybreak.

Writing Riddles

Objectives: Write a riddle and solve someone else's riddle.

Materials: Paper and pencil

  • Review Morgan le Fay's riddle from the beginning of chapter two of Dolphins at Daybreak.
  • Share a couple other riddles with students.
  • Ask students to discuss: How do riddles work?
  • Students work individually or in pairs to create a riddle of their own.
  • Students exchange riddles with someone else in the class and try to solve each other's riddles.

Conducting Research

Objective: Take notes from an informational text.

Materials: Paper and pencil, selection of high-interest informational text at students' reading levels

  • Review the ways Jack does research in Dolphins at Daybreak.
  • Read a brief informational paragraph as a class and take notes on the board.
  • Provide a selection of high-interest informational texts. Allow students to choose one.
  • Individually or with a partner, students read the text and take notes on important details in the text.
  • Optional: Have students share what they learned with the whole class or with another student (or pair of students).

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