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Bycatch is a sad reality for many sea turtles, dolphins, and sharks; it occurs when they get unintentionally caught in commercial fishing nets. The class plays a game using popcorn and crackers, each child will attempt to catch the target "fish" without snagging the endangered sea creatures. The game leads into a discussion on what sustainable fishing practices are, and why they are so important. Tip: This short lesson and activity could be a great way to introduce the issue of bycatch, ocean sustainability, and why some ocean animals have become extinct.
Bring up the Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Display the colorful diagram of the coastal and marine organisms living in the area. Show a video about relocating the eggs of the Gulf's sea turtles. Have your class read an article about the affected sea birds. After gathering information from each of these sources, learners participate in a classroom discussion to prepare themselves to write an essay about the ethics of helping these animals. Terrific resources are included to make this a memorable lesson plan for your environmental scientists!
While teaching about endangered species, you can incorporate this activity as a take-home reminder of what is threatening the sea turtle population. It is one of those paper plate projects in which a wedge is cut out to reveal a picture below. The paper plate can be turned on order to view the other pictures. In this case, the drawings depict four sources of turtle trouble. What makes the project so endearing is that you attach a head, legs, and a tail to the paper plate wheel to turn it into a turtle!
Third graders write a paragraph adding supporting details from a topic sentence.  In this 6+1 writing traits lesson, 3rd graders develop a paragraph from a simple sentence. Students revise their work.
This activity 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.
Middle schoolers 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.
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.
In this turtles worksheet, students label the turtles carapace and plastron and the answer seven short answer questions associated with turtles.
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.
How do you figure out the meaning of a word you don't know? Young readers develop skills to identifying missing words in a story using context clues. Picture clues are used to identify covered words in the story I Can’t Get My Turtle to Move. After the exercise they discuss how they can use context clues to better understand an unknown word. 
In this reading comprehension learning exercise, students read a one paragraph text about turtle doves. Students answer one multiple choice question.
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.
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.
Learners play game simulating route turtle hatchlings take from clutch to ocean, and describe threats hatchlings face and how this affects the marine turtle population.
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.
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.
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.
Students examine natural and man-made threats to sea turtles. They create sea turtle mobiles while studying the range, environment, predators of and threats to sea turtles.
Students research endangered marine turtles. In this science instructional activity, students participate in a game in which they discover the threats to hatchling turtles. Students discuss how the threats affect the survival of the species.

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