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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.
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.
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 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.
Learners explore the concept of sea turtles. In this sea turtle lesson, students discuss endangered populations. Learners examine data of the Hawksbill Turtle and determine how long the sea turtles will continue to breed given the decline in population. Students discuss actions to reverse the decline in population.
Students explore the nesting behavior used by sea turtles and explain how these behaviors are beneficial in the survival of a species. They discuss the advantages and disadvantages that sea turtles have be mass nesting. They identify other organisms that produce large numbers of offspring through mass nesting or mass births.
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.
Learners study the nesting process of the loggerhead turtle. They watch a video clip that shows them how human influences, such as artificial lights, can disorient turtle hatchlings, which can keep them from reaching the ocean. They work together to identify ways that people can reduce threats to the loggerhead habitat. A terrific science lesson, designed for sixth through twelfth graders. Note that the handouts are not included and that you will have to do an Internet search to find the videos, but there is plenty of useful material.
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.
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 discuss different types of sea turtles. They talk a about the characteristics of sea turtle anatomy. Students pretend to look over the edge of a boat in the ocean. They pretend to see a sea turtle. Students create their artwork following teacher directions, and later apply a blue watercolor wash over the entire drawing.