Sharks and Shorelines: EARTH A New Wild

Lesson plan with video, grades 6–12



Research on tagged ocean predators, like sharks, has helped scientists better understand coastal ecosystems and their link to protecting shorelines. In this lesson, students learn about lemon sharks and how their grazing habits help keep mangrove ecosystems healthy. Students will also learn about shark movement through exploring tagging data on an interactive website. Finally, students will explore predator-prey relationships and their effect on coastal ecosystems with an outdoor game. Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, this lesson is part of curriculum related to the PBS series Earth A New Wild and was developed in collaboration with PBS LearningMedia.


Lesson Plan


EARTH A New Wild, sharks, coastal resilience, shorelines, ocean

Published January 2015, updated May 2016