There's a Shark in the Library!

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Do your students love sharks as much as mine do? My students ask for books about sharks more than almost any other nonfiction topic. And it's all grades from kindergarten to fifth grade. I'm not sure what it is about sharks that they all love so much. Maybe it's the huge mouth full of sharp, razor-like teeth or the fear of getting eaten by a shark. Although I will admit, I have watched shark week on the Discovery Channel since the very first year they started it, so I understand their fascination.

Because of their love of sharks, several years ago I decided to do some of my last lessons and storytimes of the year about sharks. Below I am going to share with you some of my ideas and activities. I bet your students will enjoy them as much as I do.

Books About Sharks

This list includes both fiction and nonfiction books. They are in no particular order. 

The Three Little Fish and the Big, Bad Shark by Ken Geist

I'm a Shark by Bob Shea

Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale

Who Would Win? Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark by Jerry Pallotta

Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton

Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

Amazing Sharks! by Sarah L. Thomson

Great White Sharks Up Close by Carmen Bredeson

Fly Guy Presents Sharks by Tedd Arnold

Storytime Activities

These activities can be found on my Pinterest board Storytime Activities.

This is a craft activity that you can make with cupcake liners, wiggly eyes, and some construction paper. I like this craft because it's fairly easy and inexpensive to do, especially if you want to do it with all of your classes from a specific grade level.
Cucpcake Liner Fish Craft

Have you tried yoga with your students before? This is an Ocean Yoga exercise that can be done with the book Ocean Commotion (or any ocean themed book). 
Ocean Yoga

This idea is a way to get students moving around and burning off some energy - Ocean Movement Game. The website has free printables that you can use if you want to. 
Ocean Movement Game

Shark Reading Comprehension and Task Cards

The next two activities can be found in my TpT store. The first one is a set of true or false task cards. I use these as a Scoot game. They can also be used as a brain break, in small groups or centers, for transition time or when you have just a few extra minutes in your schedule.

Sharks True or False Task Cards

The second activity is a nonfiction reading and writing unit. It includes:
  • 8 half page fact cards about six different types of sharks, an overview of sharks and shark attack statistics. 
  • 24 comprehension task cards with questions about sharks. All of the questions can be answered with the fact sheets. These can be used as a Scoot game, in small groups or centers. A recording sheet and answer key are game board are included. 
  • 8 printables about sharks. These include writing prompts, graphic organizers, a word search, and a fact and opinion worksheet.
  • 3 different KWL charts (with different kinds of writing lines)
Sharks Nonfiction Unit Reading and Writing






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