This exciting activity explores how sharks are adapted to be the ultimate marine predators. The investigation examines the relationship between shape and water resistance.
Evolution and inheritance
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Live lessons work best when students have some prior knowledge and have prepared questions. You can select from any of the lessons in the Coral Oceans unit for ages 7-11 or teach a one-off Coral Live prep lesson.
This lesson is based around the Streamlined sharks activity and if your students are following live, you will need to gather these activity resources in advance.
1. Introduction (5 mins)
The session will open with a welcome from Jamie and a brief introduction to the expedition.
2. Subject knowledge (10 mins)
Jamie will explain some of the reasons that sharks have hardly changed in 100 million years and will go on to pose questions for students to reflect on about what would make the ultimate coral animal. At this point you can distribute resources to students and they can begin dividing up the modelling clay, ensuring each piece has the same mass.
3. Activity time (15 mins)
Jamie will begin demonstrating the activity, students can follow along in real-time. During this time, you can submit your students’ questions via the Live chat.
4. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)
After completing the activity Jamie will answer some of the questions students have submitted before suggesting other Coral Live activities you might like to try.
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