Tribal Economy of The Island of the Blue Dolphins

The Island of the Blue Dolphins is a story of Karana, an American Indian girl who survives on an island for many years. island-of-the-blue-dolphins book cover

Economic Vocabulary: natural resources, human resources, capital resources, scarcity, trade, tribal currency/capital, division of labor, specialization, conservation.

There are many opportunities to discuss economics when you use this book. For example you can have children search for the productive resources she needed to survive. You can compare the island economy to the early Colonial economy. Use the ReadWriteThink Compare Contrast Map to create a planning sheet to write a compare/contrast essay.

You can have children discuss the culture and economy of the tribe. In fact, an educator used a blog to ask students questions about the economy of the tribe on this Teacher’s Web blog . If you wish to start a blog for students to post their answers to a question, you can create a free blog with WordPress –the same blog I used to create this site!

For more lesson ideas using this award-winning children’s story, check out this ReadWriteThink Lesson Plan: Examining Island of the Blue Dolphins Through a Literary Lens.

About Deborah Kozdras

Instructor and Chief Creative Officer at the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at the University of South Florida.
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