Lesson Plan:

All About Sharks!

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August 30, 2015
by Crystal Killian

Learning Objectives

Students will improve their fine motor skills and learn about different kinds of sharks.


Introduction (15 minutes)

  • Print out or display the Shark Week slideshow featuring all different kinds of sharks.
  • Go through and show the children the pictures of the sharks as you say their name and any information available on the coloring page.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Go through the kinds of sharks once more, and have your class repeat after you as you say their names.
  • Another fun game to keep your students involved would be to print out a second set of the coloring pages and pass them out to your students. When they see their shark in front of the class, they raise their hand to tell you that they are a match.
  • Display one large picture of a shark. Point out its teeth, fins, eyes, and gills. Label them if necessary.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Model coloring and cutting out your own shark.
  • Tell students how you would like them to help clean up when they are done.

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Pass out the shark coloring pages if you haven't already.
  • Pass out markers, colored pencils, finger paint, or crayons.
  • Have students color in their shark however they would like.
  • Ask your students to cut out their sharks. Assist as needed.
  • Tape your class' sharks onto the bulletin board or a large piece of blue paper.
  • Allow students to "design" their own ocean of the bulletin board or paper.



  • Enrichment: Advanced students can do additional research on sharks or look at shark books if they are finished early.
  • Support: Aid struggling students by cutting out their shark for them and suggesting colors. You can also call on them when their shark is on the board.



  • It is most important in this lesson for your students to recognize when their shark is on the board and if they are interacting with their classmates in an age appropriate way.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Allow students time to look at their ocean.
  • Have students share which shark is theirs and what colors they used to color it.

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