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Get the Turtle to the Pond
Students create a path for a turtle to cross a pond, on the computer. They write their own solutions, enter a sequence of LOGO commands, and discuss the distance and turtle movement and angle and turtle movement on the turtle's path.
Estimating Turtle Size and Age
Students investigate how to estimate the age and size of turtles, and examine variability in scientific data. They read an informational handout, identify the parts of the shell, measure the shell and estimate the age, and record the data on a graph.
The Differences Between Turtles and Tortoises
First graders differentiate between turtles and tortoises. In this turtles and tortoises lesson students are visited by a turtle and a tortoise. Students write a letter with an illustration after the animals visit the class.
Third graders research turtles and the ways they have adapted to their marine environment. They work in groups and publish their findings using SiteMaker a web-authoring tool.
Species on the Edge
Students describe factors negatively affecting population of sea turtles, and identify and discuss action that can be undertaken to reduce or eliminate threats to sea turtles and other endangered species.
Students play game simulating route turtle hatchlings take from clutch to ocean, and describe threats hatchlings face and how this affects the marine turtle population.
Life Cycle of Hawaii's Honu
Students simulate the life cycle of Hawaii's Honu. In this Science lesson, students act out the life cycle of the Hawaiian sea turtle. Students determine and play the roles of prey and predator.
Mini-marine biologists use Scholastic Explorers website to learn about declining numbers of leatherback sea turtles and dusky dolphins. They fill out a K-W-L chart and observation journal worksheet, which are both provided in the lesson plan. This is mostly a reading comprehension and discussion lesson, useful if you have access to a computer lab. Another option is to assign it as a week-long homework project.
A Climate Conundrum
After viewing a video and reading an article about the threatened turtles and tortises in The Amazon River area, collaborative groups create a poster or presentation about how we can help them. Several links to other related lesson plans can be found on this page. Use this lesson and some of the others to create a complete marine biology unit for your middle-school scientists.
Using and Creating a Dichotomous Key
Students assess what a dichotomous key is and how it identifies objects in a group through a process of answering yes/no-type questions about certain objects. They examine an interactive graphic key on sea turtles and then create their own dichotomous key on a new group of creatures.
Octopus And Turtles Quiz
This worksheet asks students to answer ten multiple choice questions about octopus and turtles. Students will need to know about their diet, habitats, laying eggs, and more. This would be a fun trivia quiz during science.
Learners encounter how magnetic forces affect the navigation ability of sea turtle hatchings. Research is done to find out where the true magnetic North Pole lies. Exploration is discussed on how many things here on earth are affected by this magnetic drive.
Drawing a Sea Turtle
Students, after being shown several examples of sea turtle drawings or photos, experience precise observation skills through a class step-by-step drawing of a sea turtle of simple lines and forms. They draw the physical structure of a sea turtle and create their own unique drawings and pictures.
Sea Turtles in Danger
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Sea Turtles in Danger. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Protecting the Critical Habitat of the Manatee and the Loggerhead Turtle
First graders research Belize and its landscape and animals on the included internet sites. The students complete activities/centers across the curriculum utilizing the facts they discovered.
Sea Turtle Math
Middle schoolers consider the future of endangered species. In this conservation lesson, students view a slide show and use mathematical data to construct a prediction for the survival of an endangered species. This lesson includes, personal accounts, math puzzles, a variety of online resources, pictures, and vocabulary.
In this Turtle Glyph worksheet, students color in different pieces of a turtle based on written directions. For example, "If you like turtles, color the 1 area green."
Sea Turtles: Just the Facts Scavenger Hunt
In this sea turtles worksheet, students access the Internet to a specific website to research the name of five specific sea turtles from their descriptions. Students write their answers on the lines provided.
Turtle Recognition Worksheet: Colors
In this learning exercise on recognizing colors, little ones are instructed to color three turtles, each an assigned specific color. At the bottom of the page, they will write the name of their favorite color. Excellent practice for primaries!
Sea Turtle Crossword
In this completing a crossword puzzle about sea turtles learning exercise, students read clues across and down and use the words in the word bank to solve the puzzle. Students write 9 answers.