This exciting activity explores how sharks are adapted to be the ultimate marine predators. The investigation examines the relationship between shape and water resistance. This lesson will be broadcast from the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, giving students the chance to see sharks up close.
Evolution and inheritance
If you have never joined a live lesson before, see the guidance hub, where you will find technical and educational support.
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, as well as welcoming Joe Farrow, Schools Officer at the Ocean Conservation Trust.
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. Jamie will explain about shapes, adaptations, and fair tests.
3. Activity time (15 mins)
Jamie and Joe will delve deeper into shark adaptations, shapes, and introduce students to different species of shark.
4. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)
After completing the activity Jamie and Joe will answer some of the questions students have submitted.
Executive Director, Encounter Edu
Schools Officer, Ocean Conservation Trust