From the famous great white to tiny bioluminescent lantern sharks, these remarkable predators capture our imagination every summer. In this activity, your students will learn why tiger sharks are ideally suited to life underwater!
About Tiger Sharks
Diet: Fish, including other sharks; turtles, seals, seabirds, dolphins, sea snakes, crabs, lobsters, snails, jellyfish, and human rubbish
Size: 9 ¾–20 feet (similar to a giraffe)
Weight: 850–1,400 pounds (similar to an alligator)
Habitat: Usually in warm, cloudy waters near coastlines
What You Need:
- Large roll of paper
- Tape measure
- Drawing supplies (markers, colored pencils, crayons, etc.)
- A shark resource guide such as the Super Shark Encyclopedia and Other Creatures of the Deep
What You Do:
Step 1: Have students follow the steps below to create a tiger shark-size rectangle.
• Length: Have students use a tape measure to record the height of everyone in your class. Then have students decide which of their classmates (combined) are the same height as a tiger shark! Lay paper out on the floor and have those students lie down and stretch out (end to end). Have another student trace their full length at the bottom of the paper, using a ruler.
• Width: Finish your rectangle by finding the width of a tiger shark from the top of its dorsal fin to its belly.
Step 2: Use a resource guide to draw a tiger shark inside the rectangle. Remind students to include the following features: eyes, snout, teeth, belly, gills, stripes, and fins.
Step 3: Ask students to research the features above and write descriptions of them. Attach the finished descriptions to the drawing with string.
Create a life-size ocean scene! Separate students into groups and ask each to create life-size, labeled drawings of other ocean animals such as seals, tuna, dolphins, sea turtles, and coral reefs!