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Sea Turtles Unit

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Earth Day Sea Turtle Symposium      


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Day 1
Topic Sea Turtle Introduction
Objective/ I can....
Identify characteristics of sea turtles
State Goals
12.A.1a  Identify and describe the component parts of living things and their major functions.
12.A.1b  Categorize living organisms using a variety of observable features.
Classwork-Homework
Sea Turtle's Tale  9:45
Sea Turtle and Hatchlings  :56 Encyclopedia Britannica Film

Lecture.gif (2227 bytes) What Can You Observe?   Sea Turtle Observation Page
 readme.gif - 802 Bytes  Read Sea Turtles by Kira Freed  Found at ReadingA-Z
 Pencil.gif - 434 Bytes Sea Turtle Questions

TEC
Resources
Note02.gif (247 bytes) All Species fact Sheet
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Sea Turtle Information: SmithLifeScience
Facts, Teacher Resources, and Web Sites

Pencil.gif - 434 Bytes Sea Turtle Projects Old Lesson plan
 Note02.gif - 247 BytesSea Turtle Poster
BookOpen.bmp (16686 bytes) Science Symposium on Sea Turtles  New Lesson plans   What is Happening to Sea Turtles? 59 pages

 

Day 2
Topic Sea Turtle Projects
Objective/ I can ..
View sea turtles in their natural habitat.
State Goals
12.A.1a  Identify and describe the component parts of living things and their major functions.
12.A.1b  Categorize living organisms using a variety of observable features.
Classwork-Homework
Computer.gif (1114 bytes) Safari Montage Kira: The Sea Turtle   28 minutes

 Computer.gif (1114 bytes) View Sea Turtle Model
Scan pages of sea turtle book to show on screen.
Explain projects.
Explain reference materials.
TEC
Resources
  Note02.gif - 247 BytesComplete Educator's Guide
Sea Turtle Migration-Tracking & Costal Habitat Educational Guide

 Note02.gif - 247 Bytes Sea Turtle Lined Paper
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead
Leatherback
Kemp's Ridley
Hawksbill
Sea Turtle Hatchlings
Sea Turtle Nesting

 BookOpen.bmp (16686 bytes) Sea Turtle Educator's Guide
Here are liknks to individual pages.
Sea Turtle Species of the World
Scientific Classification & Shell Patterns
Florida's Coastal Habitat              
Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge

 Note02.gif - 247 Bytes  Sea Turtle Information: SmithLifeScience
Facts, Teacher Resources, and Web Sites

 

Day 3
Topic Sea Turtle Work Day 1
Objectives/ I can ....
Name eight species of sea turtles.
List what sea turtles eat and where they live.
State Goals
12.A.1a  Identify and describe the component parts of living things and their major functions.
12.A.1b  Categorize living organisms using a variety of observable features.
12.B.3b Compare and assess features of organisms for the adapatative, competitive, and survival potential.
Classwork-Homework
Black
Black Sea Turtle Digging Nest  :34
Black Sea Turtle Laying Eggs  :44
Nest of Black Sea Turtles  1:03

Green Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle  1:44
Green Sea Turtle Lays Eggs  1:46
Swimming With Green Sea Turtle  :24

Hawksbill
APO Reef Hawksbill  2:36
Hawksbill Feeding on Sponges  1:20
Hawksbill Sea Turtle  :56
Hawksbill Sea Turtle Identification  1:54
Hawksbill Covering Her Nest  1:15
Hawksbill Hatchlings Coming Out of Nest  2:18

Kemp's Ridley
1947 Kemp's Ridley Nesting  1:41
Kemp's Ridley Nest Slide Presentation  3:57
Kemp's Ridley Tamping Nest  :30
Rescued Kemp's Ridley  3:30

Leatherback
Giant Leatherback Laying Eggs  2:18
Leatherback  3:11
Leatherbacks: National Geographic  3:04
Leatherback Nest Excavation  4:13
Leatherback Nesting  :21

Loggerhead
Lifestyles of the Loggerhead: National Geographic  :52
Loggerhead  :43
Loggerhead Nest #1  5:21

Olive Ridley
Olive Ridley Nesting  1:31
Olive Ridley Hatchlings  3:20

Hawksbill/Green Turtle Cross  2:15
 

 hawksbill.gif - 730 Bytes Sea Turtle Book Pages 1 & 2 

 hawksbill.gif - 730 Bytes Page 1 Sea Turtle pdf page 10
1. Name the 7 species of sea turtles.
2. Explain how each got their names.

 hawksbill.gif - 730 Bytes Page 2 Food and Habitat pdf pages 10-11
1. List the 7 sea turtles.
2. Tell where the sea turtles live.
3. List what food each sea turtle eats.

TEC
Resources
 Note02.gif - 247 Bytes Sea Turtle Information: Mr & Mrs Smith's Life Science
Facts, Teacher Resources, and Web Sites
 Note02.gif - 247 Bytes  Turtle Skeleton Diagram

 

Day 4
Topic Sea Turtle Work Day 2
Objective/ I can .....
List the nesting habitats of U.S. sea turtles.
Identify sea turtles by their scientific classification.
State Goals
12.A.1a  Identify and describe the component parts of living things and their major functions.
12.A.1b  Categorize living organisms using a variety of observable features.
12.B.3b Compare and assess features of organisms for the adapatative, competitive, and survival potential.
Classwork-Homework
hawksbill.gif - 730 Bytes Sea Turtle Book Pages 3 & 4
Page 3 Five Species Found in US Waters  pdf pages 12-13
1. List 5 sea turtles found in US Waters.
2. Tell how much they weigh and shell length
3. Number of eggs laid.
4. Incubation Period.
5. Nesting Season.
6. Number of clutches per nesting season.

Page 4 Scientific Names pdf page 14
1. Write the common name and the scientific name for each sea turtle.

TEC
Resources
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Sea Turtle Information: SmithLifeScience  Facts, Teacher Resources, and Web Sites
 Note02.gif - 247 Bytes 
Sea Turtle Migration-Tracking & Costal Habitat Educational Guide

 

Day 5
Topic Sea Turtles Work Day 3
Objective/ I can ...
List the problems sea turtles are facing.
Identify a solution for problems sea turtles are facing.
State Goals
12.A.1a  Identify and describe the component parts of living things and their major functions.
12.A.1b  Categorize living organisms using a variety of observable features.
Classwork-Homework
 hawksbill.gif - 730 Bytes Sea Turtle Book pages 5 & 6
Page 5 Nesting, Incubation, Emergence pdf pages 16-17
List the 11 steps

Page 6 Threats to Survival pdf pages 20-21
List 10 natural and human caused threats sea turtles are facing.

Turtle Excluder Device  :36
Turtle Excluder  2:49
Satellite Tracking of Sea Turtles  1:51

TEC
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Sea Turtle Information: SmithLifeScience
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Day 6
Topic Sea Turtles Work Day 4
Objective/ I can ..
Design and create a poster about a problem sea turtles are facing.
Identify laws that are helping sea turtles.
List facts about Archie Carr.
State Goals
12.A.1a  Identify and describe the component parts of living things and their major functions.
12.A.1b  Categorize living organisms using a variety of observable features.
13.B.1c  Describe the contributions men and women have made to science and technology.
Classwork-Homework
 hawksbill.gif - 730 Bytes Sea Turtle Book pages 7, 8 & 9
Page 7 Poster
Use one problem from page #6.
Create a round poster that would make the public aware of problems sea turtles are facing.
Poster will include words, picture, and color.

Page 8 Conservation Strategies pdf pages 22-23
List 3 laws and explain how each law protects or helps sea turtles.

Page 9 Archie Carr pdf pages 28-29
1. List 3 facts about Archie Carr.
2. Explain how the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge is trying to help sea turtles.
3. What does STSL stand for?
4. How is the STSL helping to protect sea turtles.

Sea Turtles and Archie Carr part 1  10:58
Sea Turtles and Archie Carr part 2  10:53
Sea Turtles and Archie Carr part 3  10:42
Sea Turtles and Archie Carr part 4  10:16
Sea Turtles and Archie Carr part 5   7:21
Sea Turtles and Archie Carr part 6   6:41

TEC
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Sea Turtle Information: SmithLifeScience
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Day 7
Topic Sea Turtle Shell
Objectives/ I can ...
Organize information into a 3-D Sea Turtle Book.
Create a 3-D model of a sea turtle.
State Goals
Classwork-Homework
 crayon0a.gif - 328 Bytes   Sea Turtle Bottom Shell             
Title
Your Name
Date

 crayon0a.gif - 328 Bytes Sea Turtle Top Shell
Use a coffee filter as sheel.
Draw a scale pattern in pencil.
Color scales with marker.
Outline pencil scale lines with black marker.

TEC
Resources
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Sea Turtle Information: SmithLifeScience
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Day 8
Topic Sea Turtle Project Evaluation
Objectives? I can ...
Utilize self-created project to answer questions.
State Goals
Classwork-Homework
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  Sea Turtle Evaluation
Use your Sea Turtle Model as your reference.

 crayon0a.gif - 328 Bytes  Finish 3-D shell of Sea Turtle Book if not complete.
TEC
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 Note02.gif - 247 Bytes
Sea Turtle Information: SmithLifeScience
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Day 9
Topic Sea Turtle Pictionary
Objectives/ I can
Play a game to learn words and concepts related to sea turtles.
Plot the migration routes of sea turtles.
State Goals
Classwork-Homework
Use page 32 from Sea Turtle Migration-Tracking & Costal Habitat Educational Guide for words and concepts for sea turtle pictionary.
TEC
Resources


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ART PROJECTS
crayon0a.gif (328 bytes) Paper Sea Turtle
CARAPACE
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Comparing Sea Turtle Size Using Carapace
COLORING PAGES
 crayon0a.gif (328 bytes) Green Sea Turtle   National Geographic
 crayon0a.gif (328 bytes)  Turtle Eggs and Walnut Turtles   Make eggs from balloons and paper mache.  Create a scence of hatching baby turtles.
CONSERVATION
readme.gif (1442 bytes) Sea Turtle Sancutary
 Note02.gif (247 bytes)Sea Turtle Conservation  12 pages of sea turtle information
EXTRA CREDIT
 star.gif (2279 bytes) Coordinate Graphing: What Endangered Animal
 star.gif (2279 bytes) Sea Turtle Oragami  3 pages, 58 steps to create a sea turtle.
 star.gif (2279 bytes) Plotting the Migration of Sea Turtles   Use the following sets of position points, provided by researchers, to create your own map of a turtle's movements.
 star.gif (2279 bytes) Sea Turtles Dig the Dark   The Mayor of a historical coastal city is managing the construction of a long-awaited bridge connecting his town to another bustling city just across two wide rivers.    The bridge architects have an idea for this outstanding bridge to light up the sky at night so the bridge could be known as a “Cathedral of Light”!    Will these lights really disturb the ancient species of loggerhead sea turtles that return to the nearby beaches to nest? Print this Sea Turtles Dig the Dark Worksheet and answer the questions.
 star.gif (2279 bytes) Sea Turtle Maze
GAMES
Dice.bmp (3974 bytes) Race for the Sea   A sea turtle survival game
HISTORY
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Archelon
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Turtle PreHistory
INFORMATION
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) All Species fact Sheet
 Note02.gif (247 bytes) Gulf of Mexico Sea Turtle Poster
 Note02.gif - 247 Bytes Sea Turtle Poster
 Note02.gif - 247 Bytes Biology of Sea Turtles Construction and design of turtle skeletons.
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Turtle Biology   Sea turtles are ancient creatures. They have traveled our planet for more than 200 million years, tracing a highly successful evolutionary path, living in a variety of environments from dry land to the open sea.
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Turtle Traxs  A page devoted to sea turtles.
 filmreel.gif (313 bytes) Video Clips of Sea Turtles
NEWS
 bookpages.gif (1592 bytes) Sea Turtle News
 bookpages.gif (1592 bytes) Sea Turtle News Archives
PAPER
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Sea Turtle Lined Paper  Green Sea Turtle  Loggerhead  Leatherback  Kemp's Ridley  Hawksbill
Sea Turtle Hatchlings  Sea Turtle Nesting
PROJECTS
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Sea Turtle Life Cycles  Migration Projects: Includes turtle satellite data and plotting maps
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Sea Turtle Migration-Tracking & Costal Habitat Educational Guide  This is a 41 page guide about sea turtles from the Carribean Conservation Corps: Sea Turtle Survival League. I use the sea turtle paper below for projects.
 Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Sea Turtle Projects  I have 16 projects that kids can work individually, with a partner, or in a group.
SAND
 Magnify0b.gif (341 bytes) Beach Sand  Asses sand samples by size, type, and rounding.
THREATS and PROBLEMS
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Longline Fishing Fact Sheet
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Threats to the Turtles The mortality rate of the sea turtles is very high. In the case of the leatherback, it is estimated that under optimum conditions, 60% of fertile eggs laid will produce baby turtles, but only 1 to 3% will eventually become adults and reproduce.
 Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Turtle Threats While in the ocean, adult green turtles have to avoid large predators such as sharks and killer whales. And even when they survive these predators and arrive after a long migration at the Turtle Islands to breed and nest, these adult turtles face still more threats. They may be caught by trawlers or long-lines, or destroyed by dynamite, before they even reach the beaches to lay eggs.


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