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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 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. For this science lesson, 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.
Students study science. In this endangered species instructional activity, students examine sea turtles and actions that can be taken to help keep them alive. They work in small groups to research different species of turtles and share their information with the class. This instructional activity includes resource links, vocabulary, and a worksheet.
Students examine sea turtles. In this endangered species lesson, students analyze sea turtle habitats. Students hypothesize why sea turtles could go extinct.
Students are introduced to the letter 'T' and use a turtle theme to reinforce the use of the letter 'T.'  In this letter 'T' activity, 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.
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.
Learners discover the importance of ocean life and the ocean environment. They conduct online research using Field Reports about sea turtles and interact with online technology to view, describe, and discuss different dolphin behaviors.
In this math quiz worksheet, students read the word problems and turtles and use math skills to solve the problems. Students answer 10 questions.
In this diagram and scale drawing worksheet, students use the diagram of a sea turtle scale drawing to answer the questions. Students answer 6 questions.
Students discover facts about the animals in John Himmselman's book, Tudley Didn't Know, and make a paper turtle. In this marsh animals lesson plan, students first read the book Tudley Didn't Know. Students read facts about painted turtles, hummingbirds, fireflies, leopard frogs, and katydids. Students make a hopping frog out of paper using the pattern provided.
In this animal worksheet, students complete 6 pages of activities and exercises pertaining to the diamondback terrapin. Students read about the life cycle, study habitat maps and color and cut out a three dimensional turtle.
Students share troubles faced by sea turtles. They answer questions about see turtles using a fact sheet.
Students listen to the story "The Earth on Turtle's Back" the traditional story of the Onondaga tribe of how America was formed. They then discuss the symbolism in the story and how earth, water, and air are related to each other and man's survival.
Students study sea turtles and the concept of temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). Using a specific set of temperature data, they determine the probable sex of a nest of sea turtle hatchlings and then determine the overall ratio of females to males from this nesting beach. They consider how humans might impact hatchling sex ratios.
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.
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."
In this sea turtles activity, 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.
In this completing a crossword puzzle about sea turtles worksheet, students read clues across and down and use the words in the word bank to solve the puzzle. Students write 9 answers.

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