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Movement of Life Initiative: Discover What Makes Sharks Move

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Science +2 Age Level Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

Our knowledge about animal movement and the processes that regulate it only begins to scratch the surface! Join the Smithsonian's Movement of Life (MoL) Initiative in their mission to advance the understanding of how all living things, big and small, move across land and seascapes to better sustain a biodiverse planet. This is the first of the MoL collections focused on discovering shark movement along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. What makes sharks move? Dive in to find out!

**Lesson plan included (with teacher strategies) that follows NGSS for 4th graders where students are the scientists, they map and analyze shark movement!

Contact Smithsonian scientist Dr. Matt Ogburn at ogburnm@si.edu for inquiries about the shark tagging project or visit his lab's website for more information! 

Acoustic Tag and Receivers

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Scientist Toolbox

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Target Shark Species #1

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Target Shark Species #2

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Target Species #3

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Target Shark Species #4

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What Makes Sharks Move?

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Food

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Water Temperature

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Baby Shark Nursery Grounds

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Activity

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Activity Directions- Blacktip Shark

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Activity Directions- Blacktip Sharks

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Blacktip Shark Data Sheet: Summer

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Blacktip Shark Data Sheet: Winter

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Observations Worksheet

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Conclusions Worksheet

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Activity Directions - Smooth Dogfish

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Activity Directions - Smooth Dogfish

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Map Worksheet

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Smooth Dogfish Data Sheet

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Smooth Dogfish Data Sheet

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Observations Worksheet

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Conclusions Worksheet

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Activity Directions - Dusky Shark

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Activity Directions - Dusky Shark

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Map Worksheet

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Dusky Shark Data Sheet

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Dusky Shark Data Sheet

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Observations Worksheet

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Conclusions Worksheet

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Activity Directions - Bull Shark

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Activity Directions - Bull Shark

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Map Worksheet

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Bull Shark Data Sheet

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Bull Shark Data Sheet

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Observations Worksheet

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Conclusions Worksheet

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Teacher Resources

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Teacher Lesson Plan Strategies

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Blacktip Shark Migration Map Resource

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Teacher Key - Blacktip Shark Migration Map

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Teacher Key - Smooth Dogfish Migration Map

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Teacher Key - Dusky Shark Migration Map

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Teacher Key - Bull Shark Migration Map

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