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Desert Tortoise: Fact or Fiction?
Here is a good game that will determine which team knows the most about the Sonoran Desert tortoise. There are 16 questions posed, and the answers are printed in bold for the benefit of the teacher. Question # 16 reads, "Desert tortoise are not able to make any sounds.
Pre-K - 6th Science
Turtle and Tortoise Preschool Lesson Plan
One of the best parts about teaching the littlest learners is that you can create thematic lessons that use one topic to address every subject. Here is a nice set of thematic teaching ideas that uses turtles and tortoises to teach science, social studies, and the alphabet.
Pre-K - K English Language Arts
The Tortoise and the Hare-Compare and Contrast
In need of a lesson to use on your next trip to the computer lab? Students use Microsoft Word to compose a paper comparing the the main characters from the fable, The Tortoise and The Hair. They need to write an introduction, one paragraph explaining similarities, one explaining differences, and a conclusion.
4th English Language Arts
What features do scientists use to classify animals into groups? Class groups examine a series of paired images of vertebrates (a bass and a trout, a toad and a newt, a crocodile and a tortoise, an owl and a robin, a tiger and a bear) and list what the pairs have in common.
5th - 7th Science
A very interesting video on the volcanoes of the Galapagos Islands awaits your class. The animals who live there are also featured. The giant tortoises of the islands are a special focus of this video. The tortoises are heavily impacted when there is a lava flow and have actually been airlifted out by helicopter to get them out of the way of a flow!
6 mins 5th - 8th Science
Introduce Vocabulary: Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship (Hatkoff & Kahumbu)
The heartfelt true story of Owen the hippopotamus and Mzee the 133-year-old tortoise will have budding readers engaged as they practice vocabulary in the context of Isabella Hatkoff's nonfiction story. Although you could include more, there is detailed instruction here for nine new words: anxious, bond, commotion, endure, fend, inseparable, intruder, sanctuary, and secure.
K - 3rd English Language Arts
Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins
Do you know the difference between a turtle, a tortoise, and a terrapin? Well your class will, after completing this activity. Though the questions only ask learners to recall what they read, the text is packed full of information and can be used in a number of ways.
4th - 6th Science
Where Are the Bugs?
Young scholars trap, collect and identify arthropods in a newly created desert tortoise preserve area over a period of one school year. They determine the rate at which various arthropods take up residence in the newly landscaped area. Data is displayed through the use of graphs, charts and other appropriate methods.
6th - 7th Science
Comparing Two Turtles
Young scholars compare and contrast the various observable features of two different turtles. in groups, they complete a visual analysis of the sea turtle and tortoise. Using their observations, they complete Venn Diagram of the observable differences between the two species.
5th - 8th Science
Desert Tortoise Adaptations
Students observe the Desert Tortoise in its natural surroundings. In this adaptations instructional activity, students study and take pictures of an animal in its habitat, then design a PowerPoint which addresses adaptations, biodiversity, and threats to the animal.
4th - 8th Science
Fifth graders read opening pargraphs in their books and discuss with their peers the meaning of personification. They then identify three instances in the poem "Desert Tortoise" of similarities between humans and animals citing references in the poem and changing some of the words to complete with personification.
5th English Language Arts