Monday, January 5, 2015

It's Shark Week!

Not really...
but it got your attention, right?

Once upon a time, a really long time ago, hubs and I decided to move away
to a new state
and live away from family
and make our fortune.
We moved to  Florida!
Yes, that is right, Florida!
Jacksonville, to be exact.

It was a grand adventure (even though it totally failed and we moved back home after two years).
We lived 11 miles from the beach and we went every weekend. We particularly liked South Ponte Vedra Beach.
No crowds.
Basically, we would sometimes be the only people for miles.
Forgive, the awful photo. I found that in a photo album (remember those) and took a picture of it with my phone. This was taken way before even people on TV had cell phones....

Anyway, one of my favorite things to do on the beach was walk and pick up.....

SHARK TEETH!

I am not kidding.
We found ten tons of shark teeth laying in the sand, right there on that beach.
Collection of shark teeth that I sometimes use in my classroom! We actually picked these up on the beach!
I know that doesn't look like ten tons. But it is about 300 little teeth.
Collection of shark teeth that I sometimes use in my classroom! We actually picked these up on the beach!
All shapes and sizes!
Here's a size comparison of a couple of our shark teeth!
That big one didn't actually come from the beach. We found it near St. John's River while hiking. But the little bitty one, it did come from the Atlantic coast beach. Those tiny ones were the hardest to find and I usually found them by sifting sand through my fingers.
Here's a size comparison of a couple of our shark teeth!
So, how big is the big one?
Well, there ya go! You should get a dime out and just think about how tiny that little one is!
Can you see the serrated edge of that tooth? Oh my, it looks like the edge of a saw!
Different kind of shark had that one.
I also found a lot of these pointy ones. From what I can tell (from Internet pictures) the pointy ones might be from sand tiger sharks. The serrated one might be a bull shark.
I'd like to think the big giant one is a Great White. What do you think?

Now, in case you are wondering about the swimming in the Atlantic Beach oceans.....
we probably didn't do much of that! I grew up watching Jaws. Just sayin'....

Somehow, I always think of that scene from the movie where the girl is in the ocean and you hear that music.......
Now, most scientists will tell you that sharks do not purposely attack humans. In fact, it is said that sharks don't like the taste of humans. I would love to know how that was proven.
Anyhow, I have read a lot about sharks lately.

Take a Look:
Using Non Fiction Text Features: A poster from a shark task card set!

How interesting that sharks do not have a skeleton! Wouldn't that be fun for kids to research and maybe draw diagrams of the internal workings of a shark?
Using Non Fiction Text Features: A poster from a shark task card set!

Fifty miles an hour! Oh my goodness! I also read that The Mako cruises at 35 mph just for normal swimming. So, next time you are driving through your neighborhood think about that!

Using Non Fiction Text Features: A poster from a shark task card set!

Isn't that funny about the woobegong shark?  It can't swim so it just lays on the bottom until something swims close enough and then it leaps up and eats it! Surprise!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this little journey into shark land! 
Read more about sharks. They really are quite fascinating-
but I still don't plan to go swimming in the ocean anytime soon.....

This is much safer:
This set of task cards is now my all time favorite thing I have ever created. The magazine pages with reading selections are precious! 
Here is just one of them:
Using Non Fiction Text Features: A poster from a shark task card set!

I know, right! How delicious is that?
I had great fun making this set and learned so much! Your kids will love the task cards that go with the magazine pages, too!
Who doesn't love sharks?

Do you need more ideas for non-fiction?

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