Datiz and the Whale Shark

Before you Start

Before-Reading Activities to Build Background Knowledge

  • Read the read-aloud version, Datiz and Whale Shark, to students before they read this book to introduce them to the character Datiz and the sea or ocean as a setting for a story.  
  • Have students read the stage 0 book,  What Does Datiz See in the Sea?

Purpose: Post and read these statements with students to set a purpose for reading.

  1. I can sound out words I don’t know.
  2. I can connect the words with the pictures and what I know to make inferences.
  3. I can retell parts of a story.


  1. Letter cards (s, w, i, sh, f, t, s, l, p, a)  or wipe-off board and marker. Print the vowel letters in a different color from the consonants.
  2. Color copy of the book on the computer screen.
  3. Individual black and white copies of the book for each student.
  4. Individual strips of paper with the sequence words (first, next, then, after that, finally) and connecting words (but, so, because).