Mini Picturebook Lesson 8: Shark in the Park on a Windy Day! by Nick Sharratt

Notes

SynopsisTimothy Pope thinks he can see a shark through his telescope.
Lesson accessvia url-link or QR-Code
Equipment for childtablet, phone or laptop, internet connection, perhaps headphones
Materials dictionary (online or paper), craft materials
Language Skillslistening, vocabulary (verbs), speaking (read aloud)
Cross-curricular Linksscience, geography, art and design
ValuesCuriosity, tolerating ambiguity, creativity
World Event DayShark Awareness Day

LET’S START

  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials for your telescope: cardboard tube, pens, scissors, stickers, rubber bands
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

Step 1: Look at the Cover

LookWhat do you see on the front cover? 
LookWhat is the boy called Timothy Pope holding on the back cover?
PredictWhat is the weather like in this story?
PredictWhat is the black shape in the middle of the front cover?
PersonaliseDo you think there is a shark in the park? 
PersonaliseHave you ever seen a shark? Where?
ResearchWhat does a telescope do? How does it work? 

Step 2 and Step 3: Listen and Watch

Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
Part BListen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to.
What is the author Nick Sharratt wearing?
 Do the actions Nick Sharratt makes with his telescope.
 What does Timothy shout out when he is in the park? Shout it out too!
 What does Timothy see through his telescope?
What does Timothy’s father say about Timothy?
 Is there a shark in the river under the bridge? What do you think?

Step 4: Add your Voice

ReviewWatch the film again, join in with Nick Sharratt and do the actions.
ReviewWatch the film again and say or write the rhyming words.
RememberWhat are the different things Timothy Pope sees through his telescope.
Create Where is Nick Sharratt reading the picturebook? Draw your favourite
park or garden in your neighbourhood or in your country.
CreateMake your own telescope. DIY Telescope
ObserveLook through your telescope. What can you see that looks like a shark?
ThinkIs what we see or read always true?
ResearchFind out five facts about sharks. 
Your opinionWhich is your favourite part of the story?  Why?

Step 5: Share and Evaluate your work

ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.
EvaluateComplete the evaluation sheet to reflect on your learning.
Need Help ? Part A: Read and complete. You can write or say your answers. You can do this on your own, in pairs or in a class discussion.
Part B: Think about how well you did. Choose and draw the smiley face that fits best.

Teacher Notes

Want more?

Learn to draw sharks and other sea creatures with Nick.

THE END

©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

 Shark in the Park on a Windy Day! by Nick Sharratt, published by Picture Corgi 2015

Video © Scottish BookTrust

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