I have so many resources to share with you that are all about sharks!
So, let’s talk about ways I can help you with transforming your classroom for Shark Week or any week you need engaging ideas for your students.
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How about Sharks Task Cards?
I started creating these task card sets out of a need in my third-grade class. We subscribed to a magazine that arrived weekly and we spent an afternoon poring through the articles and learning. I loved the articles because of the chance they provided for kids to use text features.
We marked the text features and read all the articles, but sometimes I needed an article that accompanied whatever we were currently studying…. like sharks.
So, I started creating my own magazines! In the photo, you can see the magazine pages and the articles about sharks. I marked the text features with alphabet letters. The task cards ask students to identify text features or respond to basic comprehension questions.
I even added some open-ended task cards. Students have to complete extra research, or draw tables, or make a timeline. How fun is it for kids to get excited about a topic (like sharks) and draw a detailed chart comparing the sizes of sharks? #loveit
A Shark Escape Room Sounds Great!
Another fabulous and highly engaging activity we just love is anything to do with Escape Rooms! When I first started creating these task-related escape rooms my students just could not get enough of them! I could not invent them fast enough. One of the first ones we tried featured… you guessed it- SHARK WEEK!
In my Escape Rooms, students solve puzzles, complete math problems, use map grids, solve a secret code message, and more!
In this one about Sharks, students complete a math sheet to find a lock code. They put together a shark puzzle for the second lock code. For the last lock code, they travel over a world map to locate a clue.
We use a plastic toolbox and number locks that they actually have to open to get their task for the next step of the escape. In the end, it is even more spectacular.
A STEM Challenge about Sharks!
After the last box is opened we move right into a STEM Challenge. The activity for sharks is to design a shark cage.
We do this in a very positive way! I make sure to let students know that the sharks are not being trapped in a harmful way. The sharks are being caught to move them to a safer place.
Sharks Writing Tasks- Great for Centers
I have you covered with these, also!
First is a Little Flipper set. Students complete pages of a 5 x 8 flipper booklet that is all about sharks.
This resource also has shark posters!
I also have a Print and Read set about Sharks!
This set has four reading passages (in two ability levels) and a newspaper sheet with more articles. Each passage has a comprehension sheet and there are answer keys for you!
Are You Ready to Tackle Shark Week Now? I hope I have given you a few ideas! Whenever you schedule a study of sharks I have activities already planned, designed, and ready to go for you.
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