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There are seven species of sea turtles, five of which live in the Gulf of Mexico. Young scientists learn about each and then examine the impact of the Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill on the populations. A video, Internet links to sea turtle information pages, handouts, and all the support you need make this a top-notch resource for your life science, biology, or environmental science classes.
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.
Sea turtles face a lot of adversity: storms, predators on land and in the sea, and eggs that don't hatch, but the biggest threat to these magnificent and ancient creatures is human activity. From poaching to pollution, from trash to recreation, people have caused the survival rate of sea turtles to plummet. In the video, learn about the turtle's life cycle and some of the potential interruptions. Challenge your class to come up with ways that humans can reduce their impact on the sea turtle population.
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.
Explore the wonders of the life cycle by first focusing on the growth and development of the green turtle. The class will discuss the life cycle of different plants and animals, then turn their attention to the green turtle. They view a presentation, play a game, and then name each stage of the turtle's life cycle. There are two suggested extensions, one for older students and one for the younger set. 
Students read "One Tiny Turtle" by Nicola Davies. Using the internet, they research the characteristics of turtles off of the Costa Rica coast. In groups, they complete a worksheet and define vocabulary words they are unfamiliar with. To end the lesson, they create a travel brochure for the area.
Learners study the different species of sea turtles, examine their threats and possible solutions.  In this investigative lesson students divide into groups and are given a simulation activity.
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book The Life Cycle of a Sea Turtle. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Students are introduced to the letter 'T' and use a turtle theme to reinforce the use of the letter 'T.'  In this letter 'T' lesson, students listen to the story The Turtle and the Moon, observe real life water turtles in the classroom, and take turns picking the turtles from the water.
Students write down the names of common turtles and observe pictures of various types. In this sea turtles lesson, students review names and features of these animals, label and draw a picture. Students research habitat, migration, additional facts and construct a sea turtle picture book.
Students explore techniques to rescue and rehabilitation of stranded and injured sea turtles. They examine the turtle's impact on the environment. Students discuss ideas to reduce the number of stranded marine turtles.
Students create a three column chart about working with wildlife and how different organizations help sea turtles. In this sea turtles lesson plan, students compare the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Coast Guard, and Sea World and what they do to help the animals.
Students participate in a simulation in which they discover the threats to sea turtles throughout the world. In groups, they act out the life cycle of a sea turtle and describe the stresses that threaten their survival. As a class, they brainstorm ways that can reduce their stress.
Students design and create their own sea turtles. They investigate the marine turtle anatomy by constructing a model of a sea turtle. They incorporate the vocabulary that identifies each part of the sea turtle's anatomy.
Students examine the parts of a turtle with an emphasis on its various textures. They duplicate the textured surfaces using markers and paintbrushes to draw a realistic turtle. Students are asked how can one type of animal have so many different textures all over its body?
Students listen to the story "The Earth on Turtle's Back" the traditional story of the Onondaga tribe of how America was formed. They then discuss the symbolism in the story and how earth, water, and air are related to each other and man's survival.
Learners draw time lines showing the differences between the turtle species' breathing times. They write paragraphs describing their time lines and explaining how the Crittercam study might help sea turtle conservation efforts.
Students observe a Powerpoint demonstration about sea turtles. In groups, they conduct simulated experiments in shrimp trawling by using candies in cups of water to represent sea animals. Using a spoon as a net, they examine the animals caught in the spoon which have assigned candy colors.
Young scholars discuss the life cycle of sea turtles and participate in a simulation relay race that represents the difficulty baby turtles have trying to survive.
Students explore the five common turtles that are native to the eastern United States. They investigate each turtle's characteristics, environment, means of protection, eating habits, and show how they can help these turtles survive.

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