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In this activity (page 5 of pdf), learners explore the relationships between the shape and structure of a shark's teeth and the food it eats, and then create their own shark tooth from clay. A list of shark species from around the world (page 8 pf pdf) is included for learners to use as a jumping off point for their own research. This activity spotlights sharks of the San Francisco Bay.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • Photos of sharks and their teeth
  • Shark field guides
  • Internet Access (optional)
  • Air drying clay
  • toothpicks
  • paperclips
  • hand mirrors
  • shark teeth (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Evolution
      • Mechanisms of Evolution

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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