Here’s my favorite way to make a simple shark drawing, and modify it for different grade levels. Younger students learn about symmetry, older can add a shadow.
This is an example of how I learned to modify a lesson to work with different grade levels throughout a week of classes. It’s the best solution I found after years of trying to constantly do different projects for EVERY grade. That’s a lot of draining work. This keeps thing simple and allows you time to make one really GOOD descriptive step-by-step display for your classroom. Students can visually absorb the information, and they are encouraged to answer their own questions with it accordingly.
- Cardboard for template
- Drawing paper, 9″ x 12″
- Black marker, I like Staples Chisel Tip
PREP: Cut a half head template for each student out of cardboard.
- Students fold the paper in half, place the template on the fold (note symmetry lesson) and trace with a pencil. The paper is opened up, the template is flopped, and traced again (note again that symmetrical shapes have a line of reflection). The mouth is drawn by making two symmetrical “frowns”. The rest of the details are added, such as teeth, eyes, nose and water setting.
- The drawing is traced with a thick black marker.
- The shark is colored with crayons. Older students (2nd and up) make add a shadow by changing the VALUE of their shark drawing.