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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.
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.
Students 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 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.
Young scholars 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?
Middle schoolers 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 discuss the life cycle of sea turtles and participate in a simulation relay race that represents the difficulty baby turtles have trying to survive.
Young scholars 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.
First graders read stories. In this turtle lesson plan, 1st graders read The Tortoise and the Hare and describe the differences and similarities between a turtle and a rabbit. Students read two more stories and use them to start a discussion on turtles. Students make a model turtle, draw and label a turtle and visit websites about turtles.
Students research turtles. In this turtle instructional activity, students listen to the story All About Turtles and discuss the anatomy of a turtle. They create their own turtle shell from paper plates and write a story about a time that they "came out of their shell."
Students identify ways that they can help protect turtles. In this wildlife awareness instructional activity, students read the story Turtle World and construct a T-chart on the board. Students create a list of problems facing turtles and possible solutions. Students create informational pamphlets about how people can protect turtles from extinction.
Students investigate the life cycle and body parts of Hawaii's sea turtles. In this sea turtle lesson, students watch a video about the turtle life cycle and make a model of a "Honu," sea turtle. They complete an associated worksheet.
Students work in groups and experience what it is like to be a hatchling marine turtle by playing a board game.  For this endangered marine turtles lesson, students research the threats to marine turtle hatchlings. Students then create a poster and a page for the class marine turtle conservation book.
Students watch a Powerpoint Presentation about turtles. They explain that there are 3 types of turtles and where each type lives. They describe a turtle's body and state some things that turtles eat.

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