Shark Cart

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In this activity, learners touch and observe skulls of sharks and rays to learn about their diversity (over 400 species of sharks alone!). Background information is provided about the types and functions of shark teeth. Additional information is provided about specific types of sharks: Great White, Bull Shark, Mako Shark, Zebra Shark, and Rays. The goal of the activity is to make sharks better understood and appreciated.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • All materials are housed on or within a large rolling cart
  • Fabricated Great White Shark Jaw
  • Bull Shark Jaw
  • Mako Shark Jaw
  • Zebra Shark Jaw
  • Ray Jaw
  • Pictures of sharks
  • Models of sharks (optional)
  • Megalodon tooth (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Classification
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories

  • Animals


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Aquarium of the Pacific, 2009

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, NSF OCE-0731338