Kids love learning about sharks. Sharks are mysterious and misunderstood creatures, but once students begin researching/learning about ALL the different types, along with amazing facts...they are hooked. Just like everything, we (and kids) get hooked on the headlines: shark attacks! That's great to start, but students really like digging deep and finding the unbelievable facts and seeing how much more there is to these magnificent beasts. Seeing students learn about the misconceptions of these animals and understand them better is a great thing.
My students like to mix up their reading, research, and problem-solving by using sharks as the central theme for project based learning. They research where they live and how they survive, along with understanding why their populations are decreasing. Using the PBL model for learning about sharks activity gives students a chance to learn at their own pace and use multiple forms of learning from books, internet, videos, and even the good-old Discovery Channel.
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