Join us on an ocean adventure and meet a lonely shark who loves to smile. Read along as we help him save the day and find some friends.
We read this fictional story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension.
Our thanks to Tiger Tales Publishing for making this lesson possible.
- Recommended for Ages (Grades): 5–8 (K–2nd)
- Format: Zoom/Skype Video Lesson. 🖥 It's easy to connect.
Research Connection: Sharks and Rays Conservation Research Program
Objectives: Students will learn about shark diversity and the characteristics of sharks. Students will also use literacy and reading comprehension skills. Finally, students will learn why sharks are threatened and what they can do to help conserve them.
- 3 min - Prior Knowledge
- 7 min - The Story of Smiley Shark
- 4 min - Fishy Thoughts quiz (reading comprehension)
- 3 min - Smiley's shark photo album (shark diversity)
- 3 min - What you can do to help (conservation)
- ~5 min - Open Questions and Answers
- Total time: 🕔 25 mins
Extra media featuring Mote research
The following media can be used before or after your live virtual field trip with Mote to enhance the lesson.
Subject AreasLife Sciences
Ocean Literacy PrinciplesOLP #5 The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystemsOLP #6 The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected
Florida State StandardsSC.K.N.1.5, SC.K.L.14.2, SC.K.L.14.3, SC.1.N.1.1, SC.1.N.1.2, SC.1.N.1.3, SC.1.L.16.1, SC.1.L.17.1,SC.2.N.1.1, SC.2.N.1.3, SC.2.N.1.6, SC.2.L.17.1, SC.2.L.17.2LACC.K.RL.1.1, LACC.K.RL.1.3, LACC.K.RL.3.7, LAFS.K.RL.4.10, LAFS.K.RF.1.1, LAFS.K.RF.3.3, LAFS.K.RI.1.1, LAFS.K.RI.1.2, LAFS.K.RI.1.3, LAFS.K.RI.3.7, LAFS.K.RI.4.10, LAFS.K.SL.1.1, LAFS.K.SL.1.2, LAFS.K.SL.1.3, LAFS.K.SL.2.6, LAFS.K.L.1.1, LAFS.K.L.3.6, LAFS.1.RL.1.1, LAFS.1.RL.1.2, LAFS.1.RL.1.3, LAFS.1.RL.3.7 , LAFS.1.RI.1.1, LAFS.1.RI.1.2, LAFS.1.RI.1.3, LAFS.1.RI.3.7, LAFS.1.SL.1.1, LAFS.1.SL.1.2, LAFS.1.SL.1.3, LAFS.1.SL.2.6, LAFS.1.L.1.1, LAFS.2.RL.1.1, LAFS.2.RL.1.3, LAFS.2.RL.3.7, LAFS.2.RI.1.1, LAFS.2.SL.1.1, LAFS.2.SL.1.3, LAFS.2.SL.2.6, LAFS.2.L.1.1, LAFS.2.L.2.3
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patternsGoal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impactsGoal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
Resource featuring Smiley Shark
Links to resources to enhance your virtual experience with us.