Clark the Shark Lesson Ideas

Clark the Shark Lesson Ideas featuring ideas for Reading, writing, math, and center activities too. Download the free editable lesson plan template!

Clark the Shark Lesson Ideas featuring ideas for Reading, writing, math, and center activities too. Download the free editable lesson plan template!

Clark the Shark Lesson Ideas featuring ideas for Reading, writing, math, and center activities too. Download the free editable lesson plan template!

Clark the Shark Close Read

Clark the Shark is a great book to introduce to your students early in the year.   Clark is big and rough and he has a hard time with his friends.

Can you think of a really enthusiastic student who might benefit from these gentle reminders?

In the end, Clark learns how to be gentle with his friends.

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Clark the Shark Lesson Ideas – Reading Comprehension

In our, Engaging Readers units, students spend a week with a book.  During this time, the teacher will read Clark the Shark to the class and do the decoding work, while the students are asked to do the comprehension work.  

Character Analysis – Clark the Shark 

We ask the students to consider these questions:

Knowing the characters helps readers understand what they are reading. You can get to know the characters by thinking about how they look and the things that they do and say.

  • Discuss how Clark acts at the beginning of the book.
  • Discuss how he feels at the end of the book.
  • Discuss whether the students think the new kid will stay “cool at school.”
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Students are working on character traits.
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Looking closely at Clark the Shark.

Retelling the Story – Clark the Shark 

We also know that primary students need a lot of practice retelling the story and including text details.   So each week we practice telling the story.  This is done as a whole group activity with students discussing the text details and events in Clark the Shark with their partners.  Then students work on their own retelling.

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Inferring – Clark the Shark 

We also know that students can practice sophisticated skills like inferring.  Here is the prompt we used for that skill.

  • How do you think Clark is feeling?
  • What evidence from the text makes you think this?
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Clark the Shark Close Reading

You can not do justice to a close read without the book.  However, there are advantages for students do hear a different example of reading fluency.  That’s when we love to include a video version of the book.  We encourage teachers to limit the video use to just once a week.

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Thank you Ms. H's class for sharing these photos with us!

Clark the Shark Craft

Students complete the Clark the Shark craft then added our sentence study.  In sentence study, we look for various print concepts.  We also do a little grammar work.  The directions for this craft are also included in our Engaging Readers Comprehension units.  Click here to find this craft and all of the reading comprehension activities to go with Clark the Shark:

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Other Center Ideas for the Week

Here are a few other center ideas.

Writing Center for October

This is an older picture and the unit has been updated, but you can get an idea of what the writing center looks like.

You can find this writing center by clicking:

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Write the Room for October

Students love getting up and moving about the room.  Here are a few photos from the October Write the Room set.

You can find these by clicking:

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Sentence Center

This pocket chart sentence center was a staple in my room.  Students work on building sentences then writing them.

You can find these by clicking:

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Clark the Shark Lesson Ideas and Plan Template

You can download this free template by clicking HERE.

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Clark the Shark Lesson Ideas featuring ideas for Reading, writing, math, and center activities too. Download the free editable lesson plan template!

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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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6 Responses

  1. Hi Dee Dee, where do you sell the work for Clark the Shark? I see it in you weekly plans, but don’t see what bundle it belongs to. Thank you!

    1. Yes, the lessons are hyperlinked in the blog post and in the lesson plans. You just need to click on the links. You can find them in the Engaging Readers Aug/Sept units (Set 2). They are in Deanna Jump’s store. Here is the link again.

  2. Hi Deedee! Do you bundle your Weekly Curriculums? I see Week 3 and Week 28 and some other random weeks, but if I wanted to download ALL the weeks, do you have a bundle for that? Or do I need to search harder on your TPT site for all the weeks?

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