Are your as excited for Shark Week as I am? The last three years the hubby and I clear our calendar and pop in front of the TV for a week of monster shark sightings, facts, and fun. The kids watch a few of the shows but not all because some are just too much for them, that doesn’t mean they can’t join in the learning in other ways, I love an excuse to turn real life things into a teaching experience and shark week is excellent for that! But I incorporated more than just sharks, we are going to touch on many aspects of the ocean here. Each time we cover a topic, whether it is science or history,etc… I grab a bin and start adding in everything we have on hand for that topic for the kids, I fill it out by using printables, purchasing a few items or checking out books from the library. I have a free printable for you to go along with your shark week unit study.
Shark Week Unit Study and Free Printable
Here is what we have in ours, use my ideas as a springboard to put your own study together!
Books- I like to include a variety of leveled readers, reference books, etc… These can go on the science shelf, in the book basket, next to sensory bins, and used for reference when writing. I will grab a few more from the library to round out the box. I also included a phonics game, Undersea ABC’s for my prek/kinder that is ocean themed as that is what we are working on right now.
Various Plastic Sharks– These will be used in sensory bins, as counters for my little one, we will measure them, weigh them, put them in size order, find them in books and identify them, and whatever else the kids come up with.
Sharks Teeth- These are from previous expeditions but you can find a ton here on Amazon.
Since we will be covering lots of ocean topics in our week (that will likely stretch into two) I included some seashells we had from beach trips, if you don’t have any you can find a bag at Dollar Tree or on Amazon. I put in this shell identification card to let them explore and learn what each of the shells are called.
DVD’s- Finding Nemo and Little Mermaid. Okay maybe these aren’t really educational but they are fun and open the door to lots of opportunities for discussion on ocean life.
Grab this free Shark Week Crossword to add to your unit study! Just click on the image to print the PDF.
Now along with these items in my activity box we will be doing a few other fun activities I found.
Make Your Own Ocean Zones in a Jar from I Can Teach My Child, then we will discuss what zones various sharks live in.
How about a fun snack with this Shark Tank Jello from Lady Behind the Curtain, the kids will love this!
We will be chilling off our Shark Week drinks with these Shark Ice Cubes from Thinking Outside the Sandbox Family.
My friend Stephanie over at Little Blog in The Country has this fun Shark Week Sensory Bin we will be doing for sure!
Here is another sensory bin for you- Shark Water Bead Sensory bin that 3 Dinosaurs put together.
I found lots of printables the kids will love in Blessed Beyond a Doubt’s Free Shark Notebook Pages.
We will be capping off our week with a trip to a Florida Beach known for Sharks Teeth and shells!
Tell me, what are you doing for Shark Week?