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Book Talk Tuesday: It's Shark Week! Freebies for Back to school

In honor of Shark Week and Back to School I chose this book to share today.

Clark the Shark   is a perfect book for back to school and helping kids understand the importance of self control, following the rules and thinking before they act.  

Clark the shark has an abundant amount of energy and enthusiasm 
and this causes him a few problems at school. 
{Sound familiar?}

He loves school and he is so EXCITED about it that his behavior gets a little out of control. 


With the help of his teacher and some self reflection and problem solving on his own Clark is able to come up with a plan to help him control himself.

This is the perfect book to use for helping the kids understand the rules and expectations in the classroom, on the playground and in the lunchroom.   

The anchor chart pictured below is from a blog post by Brian Smith on Scholastic.
You can read it HERE

I made this recording sheet to go along with it.
You can click on the picture to download it.

Have the kids draw a picture to show how they can follow one of the rules.

I love pairing fiction and nonfiction together. 
This one is very text heavy so I just summarize the information and we focus a lot of attention on the pictures.
Are those some sharp teeth or what!?

This is a great video about sharks and there are many more on YouTube.
I searched for Shark videos for kids.  Make sure you preview them first.  

After reading both of these books you can do a venn diagram to compare and contrast the two stories. 
This is the perfect way to help kids see the difference between fiction and nonfiction.

Here's an example from one we did with our Three Little Pigs unit.  
You could compare the books like I did in this one or you can compare Clark the Shark to real sharks.

Have a great week friends!  


  1. I loved this post! I read Clark the Shark to my Kindergarteners this spring. It was a great behavior reminder and I also integrated non-fiction. Thanks for the new ideas!


  2. Clark the Shark sounds like the perfect book for my class of VERY lively boys next year - will definitely get this one! Thanks!
    Growing Little Learners

  3. I bought Clark the Shark from our school book fair last year. Great ideas!

  4. I love this! I will be reading this for my new Kinder at home as well as my 2nd graders. Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. I am in love with how you paired up your book choice this week with Shark Week!!! That was pure GENIUS!!!! I love this book too, and what a great idea to use it during the first few weeks of school to help with rules and behavior. Thanks so much!!! Have you been loving Shark Week as much as I have?? :-)

    Warmest Wishes, Erin from Kindergarten Dragons

  6. I adore that Clark the Shark! Thanks for sharing about this book, its always nice to have new beginning of the year resources.

    Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten



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