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Dogfish Shark Model
Full-color, three-dimensional model, which can be assembled with tape in approximately 15 minutes. A great way to learn more about the most common shark species on the U.S. East Coast. Includes many interesting and less well-known facts about the smooth dogfish and other shark species.
Grade Level: Middle School, High School, Graduate or professional

Sharks & Rays
Sea World informational resource on sharks. Excellent introduction to sharks including information on their classification, habitat, physical characteristics, diet, reproduction, and much more. Includes photographs and illustrations throughout. Features a classroom activity for grades 4-8 and a self-guided tour of the shark's anatomy. Site also provides a comprehensive list of books about sharks for the younger reader.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Shark Surfari
National Geographic offers kids (and adults can try too!) an online quiz and links to information all about sharks. Features include an Ask the Experts section and shark-related suggested reading material for young and old. Once the participant successfully completes the quiz, they can then print out their very own personalized certificate.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

NOVA Online: Shark Attack!
Excellent resource on the biology of sharks and what makes them the "perfect predator." This highly interactive website contains features like the "clickable shark," which allows you to learn about the different parts of the shark just by clicking on them. Additional features include QuickTime VR images of Cocos Island, including an ultralight flight, journal entries from scientists, and "exploding myths," where scientists debunk common shark misunderstandings.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Mote Marine Laboratory's Center for Shark Research
Located in Sarasota, Florida, the MML Center for Shark Research is the world's largest research center dedicated to the scientific study of sharks and their relatives, the skates and rays. The Center has six major research programs: Elasmobranch Behavior Ecology, Fisheries and Conservation Biology, Physiology and Environmental Biology, Marine Biomedical Research, Marine Immunology, and Shark Biology. Site features numerous MML links, as well as current news and environmental updates.
Grade Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional

Florida Museum of Natural History's Ichthyology Page
A wealth of information concerning sharks, this site contains educational activities, a great white page, a megamouth page, the International Shark Attack File, information on the Commercial Shark Fishery Observer Program, the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, and numerous other shark websites and resources. Site also features the latest shark news, numerous FAQs, a field key, as well as several shark games. Site also links to other ichthyology resources.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional

Marine Fisheries Series Activity Guide
Peer-reviewed activities for grades 6-12 as well as non-traditional educational venues are available. Each activity has been correlated to National Science and Social Studies Educational Standards. Activities cover topics including sustainable fishing methods, bycatch, fishing technologies, aquaculture practices, and costs and benefits related to fisheries and aquaculture production. Activities link well with Habitat Media's documentaries Empty Oceans, Empty Nets and Farming the Seas but can be used as stand-alones also.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Online Education Resources
Looking for curriculum and activities? Need a workshop application? You’ve come to the right place. This online lesson library includes materials for teachers, student worksheets, posters, professional development information, and links to other Sanctuary documents.
Grade Level: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

OBIS Special Edition
The website for project OBIS-SEAMAP (Ocean Biogeographic Information System - Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations). Marine mammal, seabird and sea turtle data are organized into a spatially referenced database. The site allows you to map species ranges and also features a wealth of species profiles. The data sets contain survey information dating back to 1935.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional

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