MANŌ: SHARKS OF HAWAI'I

A Maui Digital Bus
Hybrid & Virtual Project:

For GRADES 3RD - 7TH
 

Objective

Students will explore the population, distribution, identification, and societal misunderstandings of sharks through discussions, research projects, and videos.  An online dissection will expose students to the unique anatomy and physiology of the animals.

Summary

Manō (sharks) are one of the most misunderstood animals.  They have been vilified by media and Hollywood as mindless man eating predators. Although they are the oceans top predators, and incidents of human injury and fatality do occur, their labels as man-eaters couldn’t be further from the truth.  Shark population worldwide is down nearly 90%.  Their role is imperative in the ecological balance of the oceans.  This project aims at separating myth from fact, establishing a better understanding about sharks, and introducing the importance of these animals in Hawai'i.

Lesson

This virtual project includes:

  • Student workbook with seven student directed modules

  • A meet-and-greet classroom video chat with the Digital Bus staff

  • A Google Drive folder with PDF and Google Slide versions of the workbook. (Compatible with Google Classroom)

  • If booking virtual: 

    • Virtual Q&A session following each module 

  • If booking hybrid:

    • In-person Q&A session following each module (including a visit aboard The Digital Bus)

    • In class observation of a dissection

    • Visit to The Maui Ocean Center (if applicable)

  • For more information please see this document

Materials (students)

PDF 

Entire Program

Materials (teachers)

Project details for teachers

Scheduling

Answer key

(password protected)

Digital Bus Videos (All videos are linked within student modules. Only highlighted videos shown here)

Virtual Huaka'i (field trips)

The Black-tip Reef Shark

The White-tip Reef Shark

Virtual Dogfish Dissections

External Anatomy

Circulatory System

Digestive System

Nervous System

Skin and Teeth