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Sharks4Kids


Found in: preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, science

Sharks were swimming the oceans before dinosaurs roamed the land, but as with many animals they are endangered. The website reports that approximately 100 million sharks are killed each year. Sharks4Kids is a progressive collection of curriculum, activities, games, and video about sharks and their role in the oceans for K-6 teachers and students.  Here are some of the resources offered:

  • Education Resources features teaching resources and a kids corner with games, crafts, and activities.
  • Teaching Resources are organized under grade levels K, 1&2, 3&4, and 5&6. The Kindergarten Teaching Resources can be downloaded as a whole or in sections: PowerPoint presentation (39 slides), teaching guide to be used with the presentation, vocabulary list, games, and activities. The K packet examines the role of sharks in the ocean environment and a detailed look at their anatomy. Vocabulary words are highlighted in the teacher script. The anatomy discussion is sophisticated and uses terms like dermal denticles and nictitating membrane, but the slides make these terms clear. The Grade 5-6 Teaching Resources cover the same material but in greater detail. The PowerPoint presentation (45 slides) is especially strong on food webs and anatomy and physiology. There are printable posters of select slides. Activities include an anatomy diagram to label and crossword puzzles.
  • Kids Corner has crafts, activities, posters, and information sheets. Young students can make a Tiger Shark box with scissors and glue or print packs of “jawsome” valentines. A library of fast facts, information sheets, and photos of sharks in their natural habitats can be used by older students in research projects.
  • (Note: The link to Kids Corner from Education Resources page is dead, but the link from the pull down menu in the header works)
  • Media offers photos and videos of sharks, the research and education team, and kids in action. Note that the photos of sharks capture natural behavior not the mouth gaping, teeth glinting images common to sensational media.

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