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Sea Turtles and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
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.
New! Turtle and Tortoise Preschool Lesson Plan
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.
New! The Survival of the Sea Turtle
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.
Turtle Life Cycle
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 young scholars and one for the younger set.
Costa Rican Sea Turtles
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.
Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins
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.
Solving The Sea Turtle Mystery
Students 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.
The Life Cycle of a Sea Turtle
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.
Sea Turtle Stranding and Rehab Activity
Middle schoolers study the different species of sea turtles, examine their threats and possible solutions. In this investigative instructional activity students divide into groups and are given a simulation activity.
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.
Homeschooling Lesson: Sea Turtles
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.
Sea Turtle Rescue
Young scholars 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.
Which Way to the Ocean?
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.
Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles
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.
Hawaii's Sea Turtle Exploration
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 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.
Turtles are Terrific
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.
Costa Rican Sea Turtles
Young scholars explore the concept of sea turtles. In this sea turtle activity, students research the life cycle and the characteristics of sea turtles. Young scholars also create a brochure for Leatherback sea turtles.