Somehow I never got round to posting about the shark and ray project we did back in the spring. So here it is, along with Aaron’s video that I promised to share!
You can read a little bit about how it started here. At the beginning of the project I spent some time brainstorming with Aaron (who wanted to focus on sharks) and Tabitha (who wanted to focus on rays) individually. We thought about what they wanted to find out, where they might be able to find information and how they could share their knowledge.
We learned about the unique features of sharks and rays, and practised identifying them using a classification key.
We studied different kinds of shark teeth and their functions, and then had a go at making our own shark teeth out of clay.
We joined in the “Great Eggcase Hunt” and learned all about mermaid’s purses. Since then we’ve often found some on our trips to the beach.
Aaron put together a model of a shark showing its anatomy. He really enjoyed this!
We visited the aquarium on multiple occasions, which was a brilliant opportunity for the children not just to learn more but also to see things they had already learned about in books and documentaries first hand. They had some fantastic conversations with members of staff.
We had a go at writing acrostic poems. Aaron wrote a few different ones for “shark” but Tabitha and I found that “ray” was much harder!
In addition to the things pictured here, we borrowed and read books from the library, watched lots of Youtube videos (we particularly liked the Shark Academy series), searched for answers to our questions on the internet, drew pictures of sharks and rays, composed shark-inspired music, learned about food chains, ecosystems, sustainability and much more. I’ve probably forgotten a lot as it was quite a long time ago now!
Our favourite part of the whole project was the video Aaron made about why sharks don’t sink! It was our first attempt at making a video so we learned a lot about editing.