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Ever met someone who has lived for a century? Meet Alex, an Aldabra giant tortoise. He entered this zoo in 1956 and is estimated to be around 100 years old. Check out this video to learn more about these tortoises.
The desert tortoise is a protected species, and it's population in some areas, such as Joshua Tree State Park in California, has been rapidly declining over the years. Invite your young biologists to study the Desert Tortoise with this simple coloring sheet.
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. Use the ideas to fill an entire day or as individual supplemental activities.
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!
Do you know the difference between a turtle, a tortoise, and a terrapin? Well your class will, after completing this worksheet. 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. Teaching your class about ecosystems? Use this to fuel a discussion about animal adaptations. Or take advantage of the descriptive language and teach a compare and contrast writing lesson. Decide for yourself how this resource can best benefit your learners.
Fourth graders are given a set of cards with sea animals and their diets. They form a food web by passing yarn to a predator or prey. They write a summary that explains the disappearance of the giant tortoises.
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." The answer is, "False!" They can make hisses, pops, and other sounds! Your kids should like this game.
In this adding nouns to sentences worksheet, students use nouns in a word bank to fill in the missing nouns and complete the passage, "Tortoise of the Galapagos Islands". Students add 31 nouns.
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. All writing will be based off of the Venn Diagram completed prior to the main lesson.
In this word search worksheet, students locate ten reptiles. The word list includes tortoise, boa, skink, alligator, and turtle.
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. After introducing these, challenge listeners to raise a hand when they hear one and encourage them to pay attention to context clues. Each word has a set of comprehension questions to elicit connections to familiar concepts, and there are graphic organizer options linked.
Students listen to a reading of the "Desert Tortoise Tale" and complete a maze that highlights the different threats the baby tortoise faces along the way. They discuss the reasons the Desert Tortoise is becoming endangered.
Students study vertebrate animals. In this vertebrates lesson, students complete three activities to learn about the traits of vertebrate animals: turtles and tortoises. Students complete two graphic organizers and one activity.
Pupils 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.
Students observe the Desert Tortoise in its natural surroundings. In this adaptations lesson, students study and take pictures of an animal in its habitat, then design a PowerPoint which addresses adaptations, biodiversity, and threats to the animal. Access to a camera for documentation and record keeping is required. Lesson can be easily adapted for use with other subject areas and animals.
In this mathematics lesson, 3rd graders estimate how many pancake tortoises they think it will take to reach the height of a giraffe.  Students watch a video and take notes before they begin the estimation process
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.
Students 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.
Students examine the evolution, morphological characteristics, and unique behaviors of snakes, lizards, turtles, and tortoises. They chose one of the reptiles to research and complete a Reptile Report worksheet about.
First graders differentiate between turtles and tortoises. In this turtles and tortoises lesson students are visited by a turtle and a tortoise. Students write a letter with an illustration after the animals visit the class.

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