Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Get Crafty!

Note: Please continue to bear with me. I am still blogging from my phone, so that's why the spacing is all messed up. Thanks for reading! ☺

I made this super cute great white shark with a student a few weeks ago after finishing up a unit on sharks. I was so pleased with how it turned out, I thought I would share it.

I scoured Pinterest for ideas and found this one. I liked how the teacher used paper plates for the shark teeth.

We started out with one row of shark teeth, but since we had just learned that sharks can have up to five rows of teeth, we had to add more paper plates.

Four & five paper plates were just too many, but we were both pleased with the 3D effect that three paper plates made. I secured the plates with brass brads.  When we attached the teeth to the poster paper, I threaded the brads through that as well and secured the backs with heavy duty strapping tape. 

Then we sketched a great white shark body. It's supposed to look like the shark is turning, and I think it actually looks more like a seal with shark teeth and gills, but my student was really pleased with how it turned out.

So were other students who use my room throughout the day.
I added that Post It note after some teeth were damaged by curious hands.

Before we made the great white shark poster, we made a process grid  with six different types of sharks along with these categories: habitat, diet, size, life span, enemies & interesting facts.

After we were finished with the shark, my student obliged me for a photo for the interesting fact category. What did he learn? Read the caption to find out!

The student took the process grid & the shark poster home with him. His mom reported that she hung both posters up in their play room, and the entire family now knows more about sharks than they ever did before. ☺