Understand role of sharks in the ocean ecosystem
Sharks are critical to the ocean food chain and vital "keystone" species for the health of our oceans.
In building construction, the word "keystone" refers to a large stone that holds the entire structure in place and prevents the building from falling down.
Pair fiction and non-fiction book about sharks to help students determine facts about sharks.
Authors: Dyckman, Ame
Title: Misunderstood Shark starring Shark! starring Shark!
Summary: Shark interrupts the filming of Underwater World With Bob, scattering the other creatures (and the audience), but he claims it is all a terrible misunderstanding--that he would never think of eating the fish, the squid, the audience...or Bob.
Botelho, Daniel - Photographer
Summary:Introduces fifteen shark species, sharing information about their size, habitat, and behavior to show why people should be nice to them.
In Misunderstood Shark - a talking shark is interviewed by a jellyfish. The jellyfish interviewer "learns" about shark teeth, shark food, shark senses and that humans pose a real danger to sharks, not the other way around. The interviewer makes the mistake of hugging a shark (not recommended).
In Please Be Nice To Sharks -sad facts revealed that sharks have more to fear humans than the other way around. Scientists estimate that humans kill over 100 million sharks each year. There are many species of shark (with an estimate of 400+) - this book features several key species:
Shortfin Mako Shark
Great White Shark
Oceanic Whitetip Shark
Caribbean Reef Shark
Broadnose Seven Gill Shark
And - Manta Rays (not a shark - but related because they both have cartilage and no bones!)
Watch- Galapagos by Darek Sepiolo. Encourage kids to identify animal they can recognize from the books! (magnificent footage includes diver in relation to whale shark, and more!)
Take the Wonder Quiz to find out how much your students have learned about sharks