Grade 3 Literacy: Investigating Sharks

Shark! Scholars read about sharks in Facts about Sharks by Susanna Batchelor. They then pretend they are shark scientists and choose a shark they want to study. Learners research their sharks and record information in graphic organizers before writing essays supporting why they chose the shark.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a Shark Investigation folder for writers to store graphic organizers and notes from their research
  • Visit an aquarium or ask a representative to speak to the class as an extension to the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Designed as a DOK 3 (learners may need support)
Pros
  • Includes a grading rubric for essays
  • Offers annotated sample work
Cons
  • None