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Shark Attack / Fantastic Fish Prints

Shark Attack

Grade Level: K-5

Lesson Time: 30-60 minutes

Materials Required:

  • Blindfold
  • Jar containing 1/4 cup popcorn
  • Jar containing a few pebbles

Related Resources: Sharks of Massachusetts Color and Activity Book

Summary:
Sharks are the most formidable predators of the oceans. Like humans, sharks make use of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste – and they have an “electrosense” that gives them an extra advantage underwater. A shark’s snout is dotted with jelly-filled sensory pores called ampullae of Lorenzini that pick up faint electrical signals emitted by even the quietest, best camouflaged prey.

Objectives:

  • Learn about a shark’s electrosense
  • Learn shark anatomy
  • General understanding of ecology, predator/prey dynamics

Activity Download: see below

 

Fantastic Fish Prints

Grade Level: K-5

Lesson Time: 1 hour

Materials Required:

  • 1 medium-size, whole flat fish (or enough model fish for each student)
  • Calligraphy ink
  • Brushes (paint or sponge)
  • Gold, silver, or other markers
  • Newspaper
  • 2 or 3 pieces of 11 x 17 in rice paper per student

Related Resources:

Summary:
Fishermen in ancient Japan used to record their catches by printing them covering them with ink and pressing rice paper on top, creating an impression of the size and rough shape of the fish. Since then, gyotaku has become a well-known way to teach others about fish as well as art.

Objectives:

  • Observation of external fish anatomy
  • Observation of internal fish anatomy (optional)

Activities download: activity_shark_attack_fish_prints

 

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