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What would happen to our oceans if all the sharks disappeared?

Over 100 million sharks are killed each year for their fins.  Sharks are killed throughout the world and even the largest fish in the ocean, the Whale shark is still being killed in Asia. There are  many misconceptions about sharks. What would happen to our oceans if all the sharks were gone?

The purpose of this project is for students to learn how sharks play an essential role on our planet.  We hope through education our students will ensure the survival of these fascinating and important fish.

Who:  Students in grades K-5 (ages 5-10)


  • Students will study sharks through Universal Design for Learning  
    Click HERE for more information.

  • Students will create a project of their choice (example)

  • Teachers will participate in our project blog or wiki. Jennifer created a Wiki Tutorial in PowerPoint.
    Blog Example

  • Teachers will submit a short narrative of the learning experience and how it meets the criteria of Universal Design for Learning. (example)

  • Teachers will list the state or national learning standards for their learning experiences

  • Project coordinators will showcase all projects on this web site by January 31, 2007. The web site will remain online to be used as a resource.

When:  October 1, 2006 - January 31, 2007

Where: Projects should be done in class, the computer lab, media center, and even at home.

Why:  This project supports state and national learning standards.  Our students will be decision makers in the  future and the destiny of our planet will be in their hands. We hope they will share information with family and community members, the decision makers of today.

How: Send your work to the project coordinators, Susan Silverman and Jennifer Wagner via e-mail to  Include the following:

  • A short  narrative of your learning experience and how it meets the criteria of Universal Design for Learning. We will accept a maximum of 7 graphics per class. Please try to keep your Power Point presentations no larger than 500 KB. We would appreciate it if videos are limited to 1 MB. If you publish your own webpage at another site, you still must meet the project requirements (send narrative and images). A link to your page will be included only if you identify and link back to this project.

Registration Information: Please send the following information to Susan and Jennifer at:

  • Your name
  • E-mail address
  • School name
  • Class grade level
  • Town
  • Your class web site url (not required)

Project Coordinators

Stop Shark Finning!

Special thanks to Susan's niece Rebecca for drawing the adorable cleaning sharks.  Rebecca will be a ninth grade student at Huntington High School in September 2006.

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