Shark Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade. Check out the book ideas for reader’s workshop and writers workshop. You can find a free file towards the end of this blog post too!
Shark Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade | Mentor Texts
Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies
Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies is such a great book! It contains a ton of information about sharks, but it is also written in a narrative format.
We used this book about sharks to create an anchor chart to record the details in the text!
This book is included in our Engaging Readers Series. In these units, we focus on one book per week to teach reading comprehension. Here are the lessons that are taught within this book unit.
- Text Details
- Author’s Purpose
- Informational Text Writing
If you are looking for a meaningful unit that is all planned out for you, click: Engaging Readers Reading Comprehension Units
National Geographic Kids: Sharks
I’ve been a fan of the National Geographic Kids series for quite some time. This book does not disappoint!
These stunning real-life photographs of sharks grab the students’ attention!
And there are so many opportunities to talk about informational text features!
You may want to even compare these two informational texts to see how they are alike and how they are different.
DUDE! by Aaron Reynolds
This is a brand new book I got a few days ago from my addiction called Amazon! DUDE! is written by Aaron Reynolds. The same author that brought you Creepy Carrots and A Creepy Pair of Underwear! I love how this book appears to be simple, but my mind started swirling on all of the lesson ideas I could pull from it.
Essentially, the ONLY word in the book is “Dude.” The illustrations and the punctuation carries the meaning! So I started thinking about writing and how this book would lend itself perfectly for writers workshop! These lessons would provide proof that books can be comprised of illustrations and yet, they can certainly tell a story!
This page makes me think about the writer’s perspective! Think about how students could think differently about how they illustrate their stories! So great for point of view lessons.
This would make a perfect page to talk about drawing characters’ emotions. You could also talk about voice. Here are a few questions you could ask to spark the conversation:
- Notice the size of Shark’s “dude?” The print is so small and fine, not to mention the punctuation!
- How does the size of the print affect the way that it sounds?
- What does this tell us about the shark?
- How might we use this in our own writing?
This page demonstrates the passage of time!
And this page just makes me just laugh out loud. Students could learn how to build anticipation in their story through illustrations!
You may also be interested in these related blog posts:
- Ocean Lesson Plans
- Peek at my Week-Oceans
- Using Picture Books to Teach Writing
- Creepy Carrots Lesson Plans
- A Creepy Pair of Underwear Lesson Plans
- Engaging Readers in Interactive Read Aloud Lessons
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