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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.
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.
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. Use with an endangered species unit of study; learners can record ideas to help conservation efforts Have your class color this sheet, read the accompanying paragraph, and research one more fact about the desert tortoise
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 students.
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.
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.
Learners study vertebrate animals. For this vertebrates lesson, students complete three activities to learn about the traits of vertebrate animals: turtles and tortoises. Learners complete two graphic organizers and one activity.
Learners 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.
Students 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.
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.
First graders differentiate between turtles and tortoises. In this turtles and tortoises instructional activity students are visited by a turtle and a tortoise. Students write a letter with an illustration after the animals visit the class.
In this evolution worksheet, students review what Darwin discovered on his expedition to the Galapagos Islands. Students compare different tortoise body structures. This worksheet has 3 fill in the blank and 5 short answer questions.
Students identify structural adaptations of different types of turtles, and compare and contrast adaptations of painted turtles, sea turtles, and desert tortoises using a chart.

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