- Oceanic Research Group Shark Academy http://oceanicresearch.org/education/shark-academy/shark-academy.html
- PBS Learning Media – What if there were no sharks? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAzxkDQFPe0
- How tiger sharks affect Shark Bay’s ecosystem (contributed by Rebecca Allen): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6IvZx6K2uI
- MBARI “Tag—You’re It” lesson uses OCEARCH tagging data: https://www.mbari.org/tag-youre-it/ (contributed by Miriam Sutton)
- White shark research with acoustic tagging (contributed by Rebecca Allen): https://oceantrackingnetwork.org/five-year-white-shark-population-project-wraps-up-in-cape-cod/ (there is a movie at the bottom)
- Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life Shark Research blog: https://www.andersoncabotcenterforoceanlife.org/category/sharks/
- Atlantic White Shark Conservancy resources: https://www.atlanticwhiteshark.org/white-shark-curriculum-resources
- CSU Long Beach Shark Lab https://www.csulb.edu/shark-lab
- University of Miami Shark Research https://sharkresearch.rsmas.miami.edu/
Environmental Economics of Sharks (contributed by Gillian Ashenfelter, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, CA). Students research shark fin laws around the world, and watch/read the following:
- Yao Ming on Shark Fins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jko_q7g94eo&feature=youtu.be
Students then had a class discussion around the question, “How much is a living shark left in the ocean worth? Compared to a shark sold for fin?” Students chatted a bit, then were introduced to this study out of Palau: https://e360.yale.edu/digest/sharks_worth_far_more_alive_than_dead_new_study_shows
This led to an in-depth discussion of environmental economics and placing a value on ecosystem services, as well as a price on the costs of pollution, or the cost of removing sharks. Next, students watched this short film:https://ca.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/1ad553bc-b6de-4a65-bc1e-dc485f0e93f0/sharks-shorelines-earth-a-new-wild/ Students also watched a view clips the Cousteau shark movie with the great whites and talked about the limitations of putting a value on everything.
Ampullae of Lorenzini simulation (contributed by Amanda Stoltz): Stick a magnet to a plastic hammerhead shark toy and put its prey (ideally little plastic rays with magnets glued on) under some sand in a box. Then kids can get an idea of how sharks sense their prey through using their ampullae of Lorenzini.
Buoyancy experiment (contributed by Fernanda Almanza, Marine Awareness & Conservation Society, University of Arizona). Use water bottles and a large clear food service container (called a Cambro). We fill one water bottle with just water, one with just oil, one with both and one “filled with air.” Then have students guess where they will end up in the container. This is good for a general swim bladder vs. oily liver.
Shark Research Project (contributed by Lisa Leonard, Vance Middle School, TN): I have a whole unit I do at the end of the year that I call Shark Week(s). It lasts about two weeks. One of the big components is a shark research project. Each student is assigned a different shark (they have no choice, otherwise I’d get 50% of them on the great white!) They complete a research template and compile it into a digital presentation (Prezi, Google slides, etc) and present it to the class, playing the role of a famous shark researcher.
Shark & Whale Sizes (contributed by Shannon Ricles) Create cards for different shark and whale species, with an image of the animal on one size and facts/interesting info on the back. Cards were laminated and a hole punched into one end. Cut a string the length of the adult whale or shark and tie it to the card, then wrap the string around the card and secure with paperclip. Kids could take them into the hall or outside to compare/contrast the different types of whales/sharks. For the images, an outline of the animal (like coloring book style) can be important to children’s cognitive learning. Modification for this activity (contributed by Tiffany Barber): roll ribbon on rolling pins and then kids can see how long those actually sharks are. You can also add measurements of prey on same ribbon, different sizes in baby, female and male.
Marine Conservation Science & Policy Curriculum, University of Miami (contributed by Josh Coco): https://sharkresearch.rsmas.miami.edu/education/marine-biology-curriculum/
Reef Relief’s Shark presentation (contributed by Dora DeMaria) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Bx2Yws91fI2Lu5LNSK3wizcCrsOFLDFj/view
This is a PDF of the PowerPoint that Reef Relief uses for students. During the lesson you will see a part where particular species have a slide with a picture of their jaw. I have students brainstorm what they think that species would eat based on their jaw/teeth size. At the end I have three different shark jaws (Mako, Lemon, Bull) and play a guessing game with students. Finally I usually close out with a visit to OCEARCH’s website to track any nearby sharks.https://www.ocearch.org/tracker/?list
Shark images from National Marine Sanctuaries: Students can access this Flickr account to download high resolution, public domain photos for reports and science fair projects. (https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=44124469278%40N01&view_all=1&text=shark)
Shark/Fish Articles (contributed by Mark Friedman, L.A. Maritime Institute):
- Meet the Greenland Shark: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/12/science/greenland-shark-longest-living.html
- What People Owe Fish: A Lot https://nyti.ms/2zt2m0H
- Marvelous Filters in a Manta Ray’s Mouth: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/science/manta-ray-filters.html
- Fishes Have Feelings, Too (Manta Rays): https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/15/opinion/fishes-have-feelings-too.html
- For Fish in Coral Reefs, It’s Useful to Be Smart: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/science/20creature.html
Sharks4Kids (recommended by many Scuttlebutt members): https://www.sharks4kids.com/
Virtual Shark Lessons (contributed by Jason Robertshaw at Mote Marine Laboratory), please note that many of these programs are fee-based:
- Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration https://www.cilc.org/Interactive-Content/Search-Content-Provider-Programs.aspx?searchtext=shark&searchmode=anyword
MOTE SeaTrek.TV: https://www.seatrek.tv/