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Granny's Clan

Granny's Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas takes young readers on a real-life adventure with a wild orca family as they welcome a new baby, "see" with sounds, hunt for salmon, play, communicate, face dangers and encounter humans.

Activity Guide
After reading Granny's Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas, download and use these activities to learn more about orcas and their lives in the sea. Each activity offers fun, interactive experiences that enrich and expand concepts presented in the book.

Take a Peek Inside the Activity Guide:
Create a food web, learn to "see" with sounds, use photo ID to identify individual orcas, explore a kelp forest ecosystem, perform a reader's theatre play, make a story quilt, stay warm with blubber, create a puppet show, play an orca survival game, track a pod, construct a diorama, interview an orca, write a picture book, trace a salmon's journey home, make a totem pole, design an ideal orca habitat, go on a story treasure hunt.

Learning Activities

  • Offer interdisciplinary content (reading, science, language, writing, art, math, social studies)
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through questions and discussion
  • Emphasize experiential, hands-on learning through investigation and exploration
  • Enhance social skill development through cooperative learning and teamwork
  • Encourage creative thinking and expression through art, story-telling, drama and role-play
  • Correlate with national and state educational standards

Find Resources

  • Listen to orcas echolocate and communicate with each other
  • Watch video of Granny's clan traveling through the Salish Sea
  • Find books and films about orcas
  • Support organizations that help us learn about and protect orcas

Help Wanted!
We can all help Granny's clan survive. Learn what you can do.

Visit the website of Ann Jones, the illustrator of Granny's Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas.

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We do not inherit the earth
from our Ancestors;
we borrow it
from our Children."

—Native American Proverb