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Sea Turtles
Earth Day Science Symposium

Sea Turtle Information        Sea Turtle Facts 

Old Sea Turtle Unit     


Last Updated    9/29/2009     8/17/2008     4/12/2008    

Created  4/13/2008     

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Day 1      
Topic Sea Turtle Basic Facts    
Objective/ I can ...
Answer basic facts about 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
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Pencil.gif - 434 Bytes Pass out Handout 1 Sea Turtle Facts page 20

Use:
filmstrip.gif (6075 bytes)Sea Turtle Slide Show

                -or-
Note02.gif - 247 Bytes Basic Facts   and Surprising Facts

Assessment
10 points for each correct answer; 110 points is an A+
Resources
BookOpen.bmp (16686 bytes) Science Symposium on Sea Turtles  New Lesson plans  
Note02.gif - 247 Bytes What is Happening to Sea Turtles? 59 pages
Note02.gif - 247 BytesSea Turtle Poster

 

Day 2      
Topic Demonstration   
Objective/ I can ...
answer guiding questions about 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
readme.gif (802 bytes) Read Handout 2 page 21
Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nests Counted on Florida Beaches 1989-2006 page 21

Pencil.gif - 434 Bytes Answer Guiding Questions page 22 together

Lecture.gif (2227 bytes) Demonstrate how you expect students to make their presentations.
Use Group Instructions page 23
Making Charts Instructions  page 18

Assessment
No grading
Resources

 

Day 3-5      
Topic Student Preparation   
Objective/ I can ...
Read data.
Answer guiding questions.
Make charts.
Rehearse a presentation.
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
Lecture.gif (2227 bytes) Hand out a folder for each group containing:
Handout 3: Group Instruction page 23
Handout 4: Group Self-Evaluation page 24
Handout 5: Grade Sheet page 25

Lecture.gif (2227 bytes) Discuss self-evaluation and grade-sheet handouts with students.

Lecture.gif (2227 bytes) Assign Presentations

Lecture.gif (2227 bytes) Collect grade sheets after groups have filled in their "class" and "presentation number."

readme.gif (802 bytes) Read Data page of Presentations

Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Answer Guiding Questions
Data #1-6
Main Point #7
Critical Thinking #8
Online #9 (optional)
Research questions can be extra credit. (optional)

Assessment
Resources
Note02.gif - 247 Bytes
Handout 3: Group Instruction page 23
Handout 4: Group Self-Evaluation page 24
Handout 5: Grade Sheet page 25

 

Day 4      
Topic Presentations      
Objective/ I can ...
Read data.
Answer guiding questions.
Make charts.
Rehearse a presentation.
State Goals
11.A.2c Construct charts and visualizations to display data.
11.A.2e Report and display the results of individual and group investigations.

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
Pencil.gif (434 bytes) Complete charts.
Rehearse presentations.
Answer guiding questions 8 and 9; do research.

braininjar.gif (1615 bytes) Evaluation of charts using Handout 5.

Assessment
Resources

 

Day 5      
Topic    Presentations
Objective / I can...
Rehearse presentations.
State Goals
11.A.2e Report and display the results of individual and group investigations.
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
bugeyekid.gif (3788 bytes) Rehearse a presentation. 
Assessment
None
Resources

 

Day 6-7     
Topic Oral Presentations of Sea Turtle Topics
Objective/ I can ...
Explain data on a chart.
Evaluate presentations.
State Goals
11.A.2e Report and display the results of individual and group investigations.
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
bugeyekid.gif (3788 bytes) Groups will present their data.

Lecture.gif (2227 bytes) Teacher Prompts to help move presentations along or elicit more information.
What is the main point of your chart?
What is displayed on the x axis?
What does the y axis measure?
What do the lines or bars represent?
What has changed?
How has it changed?
Is their a trend?
What was your "Critical Thinking" question?
What was your answer?

Assessment
Use grade sheets to guide grading and record points
Resources
Note02.gif - 247 Bytes
Handout 6 "Presentations Check List" page 26

 

Day 8  
Topic    Closing Activity: Plenary Session
Objective/ I can ...
Participate in a class discussion about what is happening to sea turtles.
State Goals
11.A.2e Report and display the results of individual and group investigations.
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
bugeyekid.gif (3788 bytes) Class Discussion
Each group states:
Title of Presentation
Main Points

Lecture.gif (2227 bytes) Opinion Questions
What is happening to sea turtles?
In the future, What do you think will happen to sea turtles?
What are some ways scientists are helping to conserve sea turtles and their habitats?

Handout 7: Saving Sea Turtle Habitat at Playa Grande page 27

Assessment
Collect check lists (Handout 6) and group evaluations (Handout 4).
Grade group cooperation (Handout 5).
Add points and write comments.
Resources

 

Day 9
Topic Sea Turtle Art Project
Objectives/ I can ...
Create a 3-D model of a sea turtle.
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
 crayon0a.gif - 328 Bytes Sea Turtle Top Shell
Use a coffee filter as shell.
Draw a turtle pattern in pencil on a manila folder.
Cut out turtle.
Draw plastron on bottom of turtle.
Draw scales on feet and head.
Draw scale pattern on coffee filter.
Color scales with marker.
Outline pencil scales lines with black marker.
Wad a small piece of newspaper to give shell height.
Glue shell to cardboard.
TEC
Resources
 Note02.gif - 247 Bytes 
Sea Turtle Information: SmithLifeScience
Facts, Teacher Resources, and Web Sites


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Pencil.gif (1165 bytes) Assignments    Magnify0b.gif (341 bytes)  Labs        crayon0a.gif (328 bytes) Art Activity    BookOpen.bmp (16686 bytes) Lesson Plan      braininjar.gif (1615 bytes) Tests    IconMap.bmp (3402 bytes) Maps     Note02.gif (247 bytes) Resources    
Earth.gif (6650 bytes) Web Sites    SchoolBus5.bmp (6174 bytes) Field Trips     Computer.gif (1114 bytes) Computer     bookpages.gif (1592 bytes) Book    Dice.bmp (3974 bytes) Games    star.gif (2279 bytes)Extra Credit     filmstrip.gif (6075 bytes) PPT

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 Sanctuary
 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 Origami  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
PRESENTATION LINKS for Earth Day Sea Turtle Symposium
#1 Leatherback Trust  Online #9
#2 Leatherback Turtle Virtually Extinxt in Malaysia Online #9
#3 In Search of Nesting Sea Turtles Online #9
#4 Sea Turtle Hatchlings  Online #9 includes short video
#5 Deep-Setting Techniques for Reducing Longline Bycatch of Sea Turtles Online #9
#6 Mechanisms for Ghost Net Accumulation in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands page 6   for Online #9
#7 Turtle Island Park  Online #9
#8 Tracking a Giant Leatherback Turtles' Meanderings May Lead to New Straegies for Its Species' Survival Online #9
#9 Internal Anatomy of a Turtle Online #9
#10 New Life: Baby Chicks  Online #9
#11 Light Sources Contributing to Reported Disorientation Events in Florida, 2006 Online #9
#12 General Behavior Patterns of Sea Turtles Online #9
#13 Geomagnetic Map Used in Sea Turtle Navigation Online #9
#14 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Sea Turtle Conservation Requirements Online #9
#15 Crab, Racoon Play tag Team Against Turtle Online #9
#16 Conservation and Research Online #9 Question 1
#16 Adopt a Sea Turtle Online #9 Question 2
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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