For PreK, K and first, we read the book, Sharks! I started by showing a collage of different types of sharks and had students give me information that they already knew on sharks (an informal KWL, of sorts, but I've found with my limited time with my Kinders, I usually don't do the written version. Same with first). We then read the book Sharks! The kids loved it! We then did several themed centers, including Write the Room (I only did this with my Firsties, since it was the first time I'd done it in the library - they did a great job and LOVED IT!) and a coloring page. I also had plenty of ocean animal books on hand, including sharks, on their level to check out!
If you'd like to check out my shark or meerkat packet, please click on the link below. You don't have to use these books with the packets (although I highly recommend them). I have to say, though, any author that writes about my favorite animal (meerkats), and I am definitely a fan!!!