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


  • 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 Covers

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: Listen and Watch

Listen & Watch (A)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?
Listen & Watch (B)What does Timothy’s father say about Timothy?
 Is there a shark in the river under the bridge? What do you think?

STEP 3: 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. (see below)
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?
ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.


Make your own telescope: DIY Telescope

©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