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Shark Attack!

Viewing Ideas


Before Watching

  1. Elicit students' ideas about sharks, and take notes on the board. What do they know for sure about shark behavior? What else have they heard that they think is true? What would they like to know? Have any students seen a shark, either at a beach or in an aquarium? How much of the information about shark behavior in movies and books or on television do students think is true? Encourage students to be attentive to information that supports or contradicts any of their ideas about sharks as they watch the program.

  2. Sharks can be difficult to study in their native environment. Have students think about what traits a person would need to be an effective shark researcher. Help students create a fictitious shark researcher based on what they think a researcher should be like. What skills would the researcher need? What kind of interests? What kind of educational background?

After Watching

  1. Review the previous discussion about what students know about sharks, and see if their ideas have changed now that they have seen the program. What new information have they learned about sharks and shark researchers? What are their impressions now about what a shark researcher might be like?

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