Sofie is an adorable young sea lion I met on my visit to the Galapagos Islands. The anchor book for this activity set, Sofie’s Adventure, relates the true story of what happens when Sofie goes exploring all by herself, and her search for her mother once she returns to her home beach.
Photos and movies in the book take the reader close to Sofie, her friends and her mom. There is even a movie of Sofie nursing!
Anchor Book: Sofie’s Adventure
The vocabulary is about first or second grade level, but the story and the photos and videos which illustrate it could be enjoyed by all ages.
Sofie does some amazing flips out of the water and then shows off her underwater swimming skills. She has to run away from some older sea lions, but later finds a friend about her size to play with.
When she gets back to her beach, she realizes with dismay that there are hundreds of sea lions who look much like her mother. Uh, oh! Where’s mom?
Readers get to hear the distinctive cry of a sea lion pup. It sounds much like a sheep! They also learn about sea lion behavior, as Sofie and her mother find each other through sound and scent.
Supporting Book: Sea Lion Facts
After completing this delightful story, readers will be eager to learn more about sea lions in the supporting book, Sea Lion Facts. The vocabulary in this book is slightly higher level but still simple.
Students learn how to distinguish sea lions from seals with exciting close-up photos, and see how both animals move in some excellent short videos. You’ll love the one in which a playful sea lion swims right up to the camera and blows bubbles at you!
Several pages in Sea Lion Facts have “Tell Me More” buttons. These lead to additional information about the comparison of sea lions to seals and sea lion behavior. Students reading at a basic level may decide to skip the extra pages. These supplemental pages are omitted from the My Own Bookshelf® version of Sea Lion Facts.
There are comprehension tests for both of the books. These are part of the main download for Clicker 5® and Clicker 6®, Intellitools Classroom Suite®, and HyperStudio 5®.
There are MicroSoft Word® versions of the tests to support the PowerPoint®, online, and printable versions of the books. The test to use with the My Own Bookshelf version is in Test Me Score Me® format, and requires a copy of that application to run.
Details Of Versions In Many Formats
The Classroom Suite version of the activities has been broken into two separate zip files. Download and import SofieSuite1.zip first, because it includes an enclosing folder for the activity set. Once it’s installed, open the Sofie Sea Lion folder, and import Sofie Suite2.zip, which holds the Sofies’s Adventure book with its many videos.
In addition to the books and tests, the Classroom Suite download includes two errorless puzzles based on photos from Sofie’s Adventure.
There are custom IntelliKeys® overlays attached, and Dynavox® package versions of the overlays to run the activities from Dynavox AAC devices.
See the Special Needs Access section on the System Reqs page for information on controlling the Classroom Suite version activities from PRC devices.
There are separate Mac and Win downloads for Clicker. The activity set installs as an integrated study unit, with a menu grid linking the four activities. For details on installing and using integrated study units, click here.
The Clicker version optimized for Windows has .wmv movies, and should be used for Clicker 5 and 6 on Windows. The Mac optimized version includes QuickTime® movies, and should be used with Clicker 5 Mac. This version also can be used in Clicker 6 for Mac and Windows, if the CCCP Codec pack has been installed.
Other formats with attached movies are HyperStudio 5, PowerPoint, and the Annie’s Books Online versions. There is a zip file of the online version to download and run in your browser from the desktop, if you find that the online book loads slowly. The printable PDF version of the books does not have movies, of course.
Bonus Photo Collection
The Sea Lion Photo Collection has all the photos from Sofies’s Adventure, plus a few extras. I couldn’t include all the photos from Sea Lion Facts, since some of the photos in it are by other photographers. If you want to use those, please consult the references on the Credits page and download them from Flickr.com.
Applications needed: Acrobat Reader, Clicker 5 or Clicker 6, HyperStudio 5, IntelliTools Classroom Suite, My Own Bookshelf, PowerPoint,Test Me Score Me, MicroSoft Word
Subject areas: Science, Reading.
Level: Grades 1-5.
Annie’s Books Online
Desktop version of Sofie Sea Lion books link: seaLionDesktop.zip Sofie’s Adventure and Sea Lion Facts books to read from the desktop in a web browser. Movies require QuickTime®. For details on using Annie’s Desktop Books, click here.
Sofie’sAdventure.pdf (3.1 MB) Sofie’s Adventure book to print. No movies. Acrobat Reader.
SeaLionFacts.pdf (2.7 MB) Sea Lion Facts book to print. No movies. Acrobat Reader.
Sofie’sAdventureTest.doc (1.4 MB) Sofie’s Adventure Test to print. MicroSoft Word.
SeaLionFactsTest.doc (1.3 MB) Sea Lion Facts Test to print. MicroSoft Word.
SofieSeaLionClickMac.zip (95.3 MB) Sofie’s Adventure and Sea Lion Facts interactive books and comprehension tests in Clicker 5 MAC. Will run in Clicker 6 with codecs for QuickTime installed. Books have QuickTime movies.
SofieSeaLionClickWin.zip (41.6 MB) Sofie’s Adventure and Sea Lion Facts interactive books and comprehension tests in Clicker 5 WIN. Will run in Clicker 6 on both Mac and Win. Books have .wmv (Windows Media Player) movies.
SofieSuite1.zip (64.1 MB) Sea Lion Facts story, two comprehension tests, and two sea lion puzzles in an enclosing folder for Classroom Suite v.3 or later. Download and import this file first! Custom IntelliKeys overlays attached.
SofieSuite2.zip (73 MB) Sofie’s Adventure story for Classroom Suite v.3 or later. Import this file into the folder of the previous download. Custom IntelliKeys overlay is attached.
SofieDynavox.zip (937.1 KB) Sofie Sea Lion activity set overlays saved as Dynavox package files. Download includes overlays for two books, two tests, and two puzzles.
SofieHS.zip (128.9 MB) Sofie’s Adventure and Sea Lion Facts interactive books and comprehension tests in HyperStudio 5. Comprehension tests have three answer choices. Menu stack to open all four stacks.
SofieMBS.zip (73.0 MB) Folders with Sofie’s Adventure and Sea Lion Facts books and attached movies to import into My Own Bookshelf.
SofieTestsTMSM.zip (28.1 MB) Tests on Sofie’s Adventure and Sea Lion Facts stories with three text answers. Requires Test Me Score Me.
Sofie PPT.zip (81.3 MB) Sofie’s Adventure and Sea Lion Facts interactive books saved as a .ppt files. Movies in the same folder. PowerPoint 2003 or later.