This is a website dedicated to some basic information on great white sharks. The website is geared towards students with little knowledge about sharks, including K-4 grades. The site also has links to information on sharks in general and other shark species.This site is a single species page out of a much larger site dedicated to all sharks and rays. This site takes any interested person into the world of the shark, into their domain, and really helps us to appreciate how the sharks see us. The visual aids are detailed enough to see the make-up of the shark’s anatomy. This really caters to smaller children who like marine life, this would provide help if they were to receive a project that deals with marine life. It also explains topics such as the sharks diet, distribution even their senses. If more information or images are required there are links to higher level sites.
Type of Material:
This is a reference material page with one related math activity.
This site can be used as an in-class supplement or homework assignment.
The site is html based with no flash or other requirements that opens in Safari, IE, and Firefox.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
No specific goals are listed on the site. It is clearly aimed at middle and high school students interested in sharks who want general information on the Great White Shark.
Target Student Population:
The target student population includes upper elementary school grades and middle school students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No prerequisites needed for content other than basic reading skills. Basic math skills are needed for activity.
Evaluation and Observation
The material is of some interest to young students curious about marine life
The site contains specific information about great white sharks: size, coloration, fit and feeding, habitat, distribution, and other interesting topics about sharks
Diagrams are clear, simple, and accurate
There is a link to a much more detailed site at the UCMP Berkeley
The information provided is not completely accurate and is sometimes not well explained or integrated; this includes problems with the explanation of the role of countershading, some errors in the way white sharks sense the environment, and problems with the habitat description
Links to videos or animations would enhance the site
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The site would be very useful for elementary and possibly middle school assignments as homework
Site could be used as an in-class supplement
Site will engage students' interest
Information is organized by topics
Site also contains coloring printouts and a first grade activity
Site has references to books and another web site
Site information is limited to lower grades although link could be used for more advanced levels
The information is not easily integrated in a cohesive activity
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Information is organized under logical, informative headings
Text is written at an appropriate level for lower grades
Information is presented in short bits
There is a lack of instruction or ways in which the material could be applied. The visuals could be more appealing. The font is hard to read, small and some of the colors are distracting.