The SharkBytes project was a double
challenge for children in the Library Club. They were eager to
learn some new facts about sharks but they were also excited to
explore different media for presenting their new knowledge.
We started our project with the
KWL chart. Students brainstormed all the facts they already knew
about sharks and formulated research questions. Then students
formed small teams, picked a research question, explored
pre-selected websites about sharks and made notes. We also read
books about sharks, watched sharks in movies, read jokes about
sharks and even listened to a shark song.
Taking notes was the most
demanding part of the project. We looked together at all the
studentsí notes and discussed different techniques of taking
notes. We learned why we canít make notes by copying word by
word from a book or from the internet. We discussed the concept
Here is an example of our
Note Taking Exercise.
Creating a presentation in
PowerPoint was the most exciting part of the project. Students
learned to create hyperlinks, use the animation scheme and
record their voices.
Let me point out that all the
members of the Library Club, except one, are ESL children. They
are all third grade students.
Here is our
PowerPoint presentation about sharks.
used in this project are available on our
Shark Resource Page.
As a part of this
project we created a podcast with shark jokes. We created our
MP3 file with jokes in Audacity and turned it into a podcast
with ClickCaster. If you want to know more about these software
applications visit the page on podcasts in
Click the icon to listen to our
Shark Jokes. Have fun!