Friday, August 23, 2013

Going B2S with Clark the Shark

Many of my teacher friends are headed back to school next week. Students in my district begin on Monday.  We'll spend the first few days getting acquainted, building relationships, and learning classroom procedures and rules.  I found a gem of a read aloud that is perfect for the beginning of the school year.  

Story Overview:  Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess.  He loves life—but when his enthusiasm is too much for his friends, Clark's teacher helps him figure out a way to tone it down.

Lesson Idea:  Clark the Shark is a great book choice for launching a conversation about classroom rules. After reading the story, explain to students that classroom rules are made to keep us safe so we can learn. Ask students to brainstorm rules that they think are important.  Make a list on chart paper. 

Activity: Each student chooses a rule from the list.  They illustrate and write about the rule on their “Stay cool and follow this rule!” sheet. These student pages can be bound together to make a class book. 

Click {here} to download the Clark the Shark activity.  I'm offering it as a back-to-school freebie.  If you find it useful, please leave a little love in the "Ratings and Comments" section of my TpT kiosk.  Happy Friday!


  1. Can't wait to check out this book! Thanks!
    Two Friends In First

  2. Hi Kheila,
    Clark the Shark is a newly released book (Summer 2013). I picked it up at Target, but I'm sure the library would have it too. You can watch the book trailer from Harper at
    Enjoy :)

  3. Too cute! Looks like a good picture book!