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Students 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.
Students explore marine turtle habitats. Students research one species of marine turtle found in the Gulf of Mexico. They identify plants and animals in the habitat. They create a model or replica using information gathered through their research. Students write a report about their topic.
What child is not drawn to turtles? Seven different groups of turtles are depicted on this handout for them to count. They write the number in a large box on the right side of the page. This simple activity helps to meet counting goals for kindergarten Common Core standards.
The loggerhead turtle is a fascinating species, and budding readers learn all about it in Nicola Davies' account One Tiny Turtle. This informational narrative offers excellent vocabulary in context, and you'll find guidance here to introduce the following words: armor, compass, glimpse, nursery, surface, and vanish. After introducing the new terms, help scholars explore context clues by asking them to raise hands when they hear one in the story. They make outside connections to solidify meanings through the comprehension questions here (excellent) and can synthesize the lesson with the linked graphic organizers.
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 plan, useful if you have access to a computer lab. Another option is to assign it as a week-long homework project.
Fifth graders explore sea turtles and the issues relating to them as endangered species. They research sea turtles on the Internet and find reasons why the turtles are endangered. They identify potential issues to be considered when preserving sea turtles and present their arguments to the class.
Combine addition and coloring with this simple worksheet featuring a picture of a turtle. Learners color by number, but they must find the sum or difference of simple addition and subtraction problems to find each number. There are 13 problems to solve here, all involving sums or differences of five or lower. Make an overhead of this and display it once learners have all tried it on their own, coloring in each section as they call out the colors for you.