Shark Storytime – Science Storytime – Shark Week Lessons – World Oceans Day


This Shark Storytime is perfect for Shark Week or World Oceans Day! It’s designed as an elementary library lesson, but it also works well for classrooms! Many students are OBSESSED with sharks, so this Science Storytime is chock-full of fun facts, trivia, and more.

The Shark Storytime includes all my usual Storytime elements: a whole-class discussion, a scrolling slideshow, two differentiated scavenger hunts, standards-aligned lesson plans, and a printable recommended reads list for parents and teachers.

Plus, I’ve got a new addition – a take-home Shark Storytime extension activity!

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Click here to see the full PDF preview of this Shark Storytime for Grades 1-4.


  • Recommended for: Grades 1-4
  • Lesson Duration: 1-2 elementary classroom or library lessons (about 50-60 minutes total)
  • Formats: PPT or Google Slides; PDF
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable

***Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you! I cannot include a recorded read-aloud due to copyright restrictions.


  • 52-slide PPT + Google™ Slides presentation
  • List of 32 shark-themed recommended reads (1 page PPT and PDF, editable — great to send home to parents or give to teachers)
  • 2 differentiated Scavenger Hunt activities (2 pages, edit in PPT or PDF)
  • 2-page take-home extension activities (edit in PPT, PDF, or Google Slides)
  • Prep, set up, tips (7 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed, pre-filled, editable lesson plan; includes CC, TEKS, and AASL Standards (5 pages, PDF and PPT)
  • Instructions on how to set up scrolling slideshow timings in PPT and Google Slides


Part I is a whole-class discussion and read-aloud. The slides will walk you through the discussion from start to finish.

Remember that the read-aloud must come from you. I am not able to include a read-aloud due to copyright restrictions on published books.

  • original shark poem
  • how to sign “shark” in American Sign Language
  • What is a dorsal fin?
  • Fact or fiction whole-group game – Students determine if a statement about sharks is fact or fiction (5 questions with answers)
  • Storytime slide – add the cover of your read-aloud to introduce it to students
  • Reminders for checkout (you can fill in your own reminders)
  • “What should we do now?” slide (this is three things your students should do after checkout – edit to add your own directions for students)


Part II is a scrolling slideshow (slide timer instructions included). As students checkout, they can work on one of the two differentiated scavenger hunt activities that go with the slideshow.

  • ASL fingerspelling F-I-S-H
  • trivia questions + answers
  • mystery shark with photo and clues
  • shark idiom – “card shark”
  • 2 would-you-rathers
  • “shark” career – marine biologist
  • what to do if you see a shark while swimming at the beach
  • world’s largest shark – whale shark
  • world’s smallest shark – pygmy lanternshark
  • other sharks include: basking shark, hammerhead, great white shark, tiger shark, bull shark, lemon shark, leopard shark, Greenland shark
  • remora fish (often attached to sharks)
  • importance of sharks to ocean biodiversity


Part III is a newer addition to my Storytimes. This is a section of review questions. They are open-ended questions that make great time-fillers or help control potential chaos that sometimes happens at line-up or while waiting for teachers to pick up students from Specials.

This part includes 6 editable review questions. All the questions are answered in the presentation, but students can also make up additional answers for some questions.


  • differentiated (one is images-only; one is images + text)
  • 2 pages, PDF
  • Scavenger Hunt #1 is an images-only hunt. Students can complete this scavenger hunt without reading the text on the slides.
  • Scavenger Hunt #2 includes both images and text. This one is for the students who are able to read the Part II slideshow. This scavenger hunt includes images and questions about the information in the slideshow.
  • Scavenger Hunt #2 includes answer key


  • picture books, nonfiction, graphic novels, chapter books, and books for older readers (all are recommended for Grades 1-4; “older readers” are Grades 4-7).
  • all books have a shark theme
  • total of 32 titles
  • includes 2 small, black and white images from the presentation
  • titles are editable, so you can customize the titles for your classroom or library
  • All titles were hand-selected by a veteran school librarian for quality, diversity, positive reviews, and currency.
  • Nearly every book on the list received at least two positive reviews on Titlewave. Many also received starred reviews.


I am so excited about this new addition to my Storytimes! Students love sharing their knowledge, so with this 2-page Shark Storytime extension, they can:

  • quiz siblings, friends, and family members about some of the shark facts in the storytime lesson
  • enjoy making and drinking their own “shark soda” – easy recipe included!
  • read some recommended shark-themed picture books
  • learn four “big” shark vocabulary words
  • learn to draw a shark using simple, step-by-step directions
  • remember how to sign “shark” in American Sign Language
  • learn three tips to become a better reader
  • 2 pages, text is editable in PPT, Google Slides, or PDF


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