Immersion Learning - Dolphins

In Immersion Learning’s Dolphins multimedia curriculum, students join dolphin scientist Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski as she researches the communication and behavior of dolphins around the world. Students will use reading selections, hands-on activities, photos, videos, games, and more to learn as much as possible about these amazing marine mammals.


Through their Immersion adventure, students will:

  • Meet real-life scientists and learn about their work
  • Explore a wide variety of STEM topics including evolution, adaptations, behavior, communication, sound, waves, research tools, marine science, animal rescue and rehabilitation, constellations, conservation, and careers    


As with all Immersion Learning curricula, Dolphins is designed to be implemented in a wide variety of informal and formal education settings such as after-school programs, summer camps, and elementary and middle school science classrooms. The curriculum includes enough material for 12 to 20 lessons with activity notes, extensions, multimedia connections, adaptations for younger students, and additional educator resources.

The Dolphins multimedia curriculum includes...


Educator Pack
The educator pack includes a 142-page full-color copy of the print curriculum, a CD containing a PDF version of the curriculum, and a DVD containing corresponding video clips. Each of the 12 hands-on activities in the print curriculum includes a student reading selection, activity masters, and comprehensive educator notes. The curriculum is written at a sixth grade level and can be used with students in grades 1 through 8.



The Immersion website contains on-demand videos, interactive games, photo galleries, a library of curated weblinks related to the curriculum content, and information for educators.




A 30-minute DVD introduces students to the work of Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski and features footage from her research conducted at field sites around the world. Some of the footage is utilized in the curriculum’s hands-on activities. The six video segments included on the DVD are also available on-demand on the Immersion website.



Interactive Game
The interactive Dolphin-Speak game on the Immersion website allows students to explore the main topics of the Dolphins curriculum in a fun and exciting way. In the game, students use real photos and videos from Dr. Kathleen Dudzinksi’s research to assume the role of a dolphin and explore how dolphins behave and communicate with one another.


Dolphins Sampler
Click here to download a Dolphins Sampler that includes an overview, activity summaries, a FREE hands-on activity, science topics, standards correlations, and more. All the activities are correlated to the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Science and Engineering Practices from the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education, on which the Next Generation Science Standards are based, as well as the 2013 Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts.

Get Involved!
Visit the JASON Store to purchase a Dolphins educator pack, which includes a full-color copy of the print curriculum, a CD containing a PDF version of the curriculum, and a DVD containing corresponding video clips. To purchase a Dolphins materials kit, contact to request current pricing and an order form. Each materials kit includes 95% of the materials needed to conduct all the hands-on activities in the print curriculum. The quantities in the kit are sufficient for 32 participants working on the activities individually, in pairs, or in groups as recommended by the curriculum.

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