August 30, 2015
By Crystal Killian

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All About Sharks!

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  • Students will be able to gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
(5 minutes)
  • Invite students to a common place in the room and ask them to think about sharks. Then, have them turn and talk to a partner about what they think about sharks. Call on volunteers to share what they discussed with their partner.
  • Display images of various sharks on the internet and point out similarities and differences between them.
  • Read aloud a student-friendly learning objective, and tell the class that they'll be learning about sharks today so they can answer questions about them.
(15 minutes)
  • Display a copy of the Shark Week attachment. Highlight each shark by reading aloud its name and description. Have your class repeat after you as you say their names.
  • Engage learners in learning about the sharks by printing out a second set of the Shark Week attachment. Pass them out to your students. When they see their shark in front of the class, they raise their hand to tell you that they are a match.
  • Display one large picture of a shark. Point out its teeth, fins, eyes, and gills. Label them and describe their purpose on the shark. (e.g., The fins help the shark balance in the water while it swims.)
  • Ask students to turn and talk to a partner about which part (teeth, fins, eyes, gills) they think is most important for the shark and why.
  • Share out as a class.
(15 minutes)
  • Distribute one shark page to each student, as well as coloring materials, such as crayons, colored pencils, and markers.
  • Give students time to colour their shark page, and prompt them to pay attention to the shape of their shark. Reread information about individual's sharks for them as they work. Note: Provide additional resources, such as library books, for your students to learn more about their shark.
  • Create a bulletin board display of students' shark pages. Encourage them to identify the shark they colored.
(10 minutes)
  • Pose questions to students and have them answer them, using information from their shark coloring page. For example:
    • What does the ____Shark look like?
    • What does the ____Shark eat?
    • What is an interesting fact about the ____Shark?
  • Remind students to utilize their Shark Week coloring pages to help them answer the questions.


  • Ask advanced students to do additional research on sharks or look at shark books if they finish early.


  • Aid struggling students by cutting out their shark for them and suggesting colors.
  • Additionally, provide sentence stems and frames for them as they answer the question.
  • Assess whether your students recognise when their shark is on the board and if they are interacting with their classmates in an age appropriate way.
  • Use observations during independent work time to assess whether students learned information about their specific type of shark.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students share which shark is theirs and what colors they used to colour it.
  • Call on volunteers to share their favorite thing they learned about sharks in today's lesson.

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