This standards-based Ocean Explorers teaching unit emphasizes misconceptions about sharks. In pre- and post-visit classroom activities, students learn about shark behaviors, physical characteristics and what sharks eat. At the aquarium, students observe sharks in several habitats and discover some misconceptions about sharks and their real stories.
Students select sharks and write myths about their physical structures or behaviors. They provide a scientific explanation for these adaptations or the animal's role in a diverse habitat. Standards
Students make observations or use nonfiction resources to obtain information about shark behaviors and habitats. When they become shark "experts," they conduct interviews with their classmates. Standards
Students create a survey to find out what people think about sharks, shark sizes and reputations. After research and their visit to the aquarium, they sort fact from opinions and may discover their opinions about sharks have changed. Standards