Readapalooza 4: I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916

I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 book coverWelcome back to digital Readapalooza, our storytime for elementary-age kids. This is the second installment of I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916, a thrilling story based on real life encounters with sharks. After we read a bit, explore our activity ideas. Remember to log your time for summer reading in Beanstack!



Sid, Dewey and Monty have a great time pulling pranks on each other, but they accidentally embarrassed Chet and hurt his feelings. Talk with your household about ground rules for what kinds of pranks are okay and what’s off-limits. Pranks are only fun when they’re fun for everyone. Then try one of these harmless pranks (be sure to clean up any messes!)

  • Put paper confetti on the ceiling fan. When someone turns it on, they’ll get showered in confetti!
  • Bake some “brownies”: Cut out letter E’s from brown paper (or color white paper brown). Then put them in a brownie pan with a lid or foil on top and serve “freshly baked brownies” to your siblings or adults.
  • Spread out a blob of white glue on a plastic surface (such as a smooth cutting board) and let it dry. Carefully peel it off. Now you have a fake milk spill to put on the floor, couch, or computer.
  • Collect 4 or 5 different hats. Every time you walk through a room where someone else is, wear a different hat. See how long it takes them to notice. (You can also do this with t-shirts if you don’t have any hats.)

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