Shark Attacks FREE Unit Study

This week in our 10 Weeks of Summer Reading series we have a FREE Unit Study about shark attacks! Learn which sharks are most likely to attack humans, in which areas of the Unites States attacks are most likely to happen, the parts of a shark and more!  Practice graphing data, writing a creative story and following directions, too.

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The Books about Shark Attacks

The Shark Attacks unit study is based upon I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 and Magic Tree House Shadow of the Shark.  To get the most out of the unit study, definitely read the I Survived book and if your children like Magic Tree House, then add that one in as well!

I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 is a historical fiction book that tells the story of a series of shark attacks in New Jersey in 1916.  This event was unique because before these attacks most people believed that sharks would not attack humans.   It is definitely a page turner and will keep your kids wanting to read.  Several facts about shark attacks are included at the end.

The fictional Magic Tree House Shadow of the Shark is set in the time of the Ancient Mayan civilization in Mexico.  The shark in this book takes a smaller role and the book centers a lot around the ocean and the Ancient Mayan civilization.  It is a fun read and sharks are one of the many topics you could research further.

I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916
  • Lauren Tarshis (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 09/01/2010 (Publication Date) - Scholastic (Publisher)
Shadow of the Shark (Magic Tree House Merlin Mission)
  • Osborne, Mary Pope (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 05/02/2017 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

The Shark Attacks FREE Printable Unit Study

The unit study includes the following:

Notebooking pages to research the four sharks most likely to attack humans and one additional page to research any other sharks you would like.

Notebooking pages to use with the Magic Tree House book to note facts about the Ancient Mayans.

Graphing activity: use the data provided about fatal shark attacks in the United States since 2000 to create graphs and answer questions.

A mapping activity to follow directions to see where shark attacks are more common in the United States and Mexico.

Printable notebooking pages, directions and map.

Coral Reef Following Directions to practice following directions while learning more about coral reefs.

Comparing and contrasting activity to compare sharks with other marine animals.

Shark Anatomy: label the parts of a shark.

Creative Writing Prompt: Shark Attack!!

Printable pages of shark anatomy, compare and contrast, writing prompt, and coral reef picture.

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How to Avoid Shark Attacks

Super interesting video about what attracts sharks and what doesn’t.  A scientist does some interesting experiments to find out what is true and what is a myth.

Learn More About Sharks

This video (8 min.) is a good introduction to the different characteristics and behavior patterns of sharks.  After you watch it, learn more about sharks with a shark’s life cycle printable.

What are Waves?

In Magic Tree House Shadow of the Shark, Jack and Annie have a fun ride on the waves.  To learn a little more about waves, check out this video.  Then, can you play around with waves at home or at the pool to learn more?


Draw Some Sharks

When we draw something in nature such as an animal or plant, it leads us to slow down and look at the details of it.  Trying drawing some sharks using these tutorials to better see the differences between them.  And to have fun!

Learn about First Aid

It is a very slim chance that you will ever have to help someone who has been bitten by a shark, but knowing how to help someone who has a bleeding wound for any reason is helpful.  Watch this great video:

This first aid book is a great one to keep in your home:

The Kids' Guide to First Aid: All About Bruises, Burns, Stings, Sprains & Other Ouches (Williamson Kids Can! Series)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Gale, Karen Buhler (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 06/26/2024 (Publication Date) - Williamson Pub (Publisher)

Related Books:

Sharks and Other Predators: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #25: Shadow of the Shark (Magic Tree House Fact Tracker)
  • Osborne, Mary Pope (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 06/23/2015 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)
The Ultimate Book of Sharks (National Geographic Kids)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Skerry, Brian (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 05/15/2018 (Publication Date) - National Geographic Kids (Publisher)

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Creative Haven Sea Life Color by Number Coloring Book (Adult Coloring Books: Sea Life)
  • Dover Publications Creative Haven Sea Life Color By Number Coloring Book
  • Dover Publications Sea Life Color By Number Coloring Book- Just follow the color key to reach your marine fantasies.
  • Toufexis, George (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages - 03/18/2015 (Publication Date) - Dover Publications (Publisher)
Shark Activity Book for Kids Ages 4-8: A Fun Kid Workbook Game For Learning, Fish Coloring, Dot to Dot, Mazes, Word Search and More!
  • Slayer, Activity (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 69 Pages - 11/23/2018 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)