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Shark Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi


Book: Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug – Lynn Rowe Reed

(This was just a bit long, so we clipped some pages, and it worked great. ) 


Activity: 5 little fishes

(This was a hit, I think especially because of our shark puppet.) 

Five little fishes swimming in the sea,
Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me! You can’t catch me!”
(buzz lips with fingers)
Along came Mr. Shark as quiet as can be
and SNAPPED that fish right out of the sea!

(count down remaining)


Book: The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark – Ken Geist

(I was a little reluctant about the wordiness of this, but it really worked well. The kids like the variation of the traditional story.) 


Activity: Baby shark

Baby shark, Do doo, do do do(x3)
(make jaws with pointer finger and thumb) 
Brother Shark Do doo, do do do(x3)
(jaws with two hands joined at wrist)
Momma shark, Do doo, do do do(x3)
(shark jaws with forearms connected at elbows) 
Daddy shark, Do doo, do do do(x3)
(shark jaws with full arms)
Grandpa shark, Do doo, do do do(x3)
(Daddy Shark, curl fingers for gums)
Now let’s swim, Do doo, do do do,
From the shark, Do doo, do do do (x3) (doggy paddle)
Gotca! (clap hands together!)

(The kids liked this more than I expected. It’s a really simple premise, and a nice simple filler.) 


Book: Shark and Lobster’s Amazing Undersea Adventure  – Viviane Schwartz

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(A cute premise, fun characters, but not so well suited to group reading. The pages tend to be a bit busy with smaller images, and it runs a smidge long.) 


Activity: Shark in the Park –
adapted from the book by Nick Sharratt
see the full version here.

(The kids love projector stories, and this is so well suited for it.) 


Book: I’m a Shark – Bob Shea

(A really fun book, as is everything by Bob Shea) 


Activity: Bubbles

(We ended the program with watery bubbles!)

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Shark in the Park

From the book by Nick Sharratt

I cut these images from card stock, and them laminated them to use on our overhead projector.

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Down at the park a little boy is testing out his brand new toy.

Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope, is looking through his telescope.

He looks at the sky, he looks at the ground

He looks left and right, he looks all around and this is what he sees.

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(I have a card stock page with just the hole cut out to lay over the other images)

What a nasty surprise! In his loudest voice Timothy cries,

“There’s a Shark in the Park!”

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A shark?

Fancy that, it’s only a cat.

Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope, looks again through his telescope.

He looks at the sky, he looks at the ground

He looks left and right, he looks all around and this is what he sees.

What a terrible sight! Timothy yells with all his might,

“There’s a Shark in the Park!”

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A shark? Oh no! It’s just a crow.

Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope, has one more look through his telescope.

He looks at the sky, he looks at the ground

He looks left and right, he looks all around and this is what he sees.

Tim’s has no doubt, what do you think he’s about to shout?

“There’s a Shark in the Park!”

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A shark? Not, it’s not and aren’t you glad?

As a matter of fact, it’s Timothy’s dad!

“It’s time to go home Timothy.”

Timothy says “It’s safe to say. There are no sharks in the park today!”

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(Then I slowly push the shark into view)

…”Quack!”

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