Age group: Older toddlers to early
elementary Activity: Alphabet > Letter T Tortoise | Turtle lesson plan and
Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a turtle
or tortoise. Other printable support materials and links to related
activities are provided.
Visit the turtle
and tortoise theme for additional activities. Let's get started.
Before or after completing the craft conduct your choice of suggested
Activity > Science & Social Studies >
Turtles and the Tortoises > Endangered Animals
Some turtles and tortoises are endangered. One of the
most critically endangered is the leatherback sea turtle [information
Science and Social Studies objectives:
* Understand that people need to respect animal and plant life,
natural resources and their habitats.
* Identify ways people help protect these living things so that they
are not endangered or become extinct.
* Define and understand the terms:
- extinct: to die out, there aren't any left alive
- endangered species: when an animal or plant species is in
danger of becoming extinct.
* Identifying an endangered animal: apes > the chimpanzee,
gorilla and orangutan.
* Identifying at least one endangered animal in your geographical
area: country or region. Learn a few basic facts about this
Review the external resources and suggested online resources below to prepare and expand on the objectives:
Where to start?
Ask children what they know about the turtle or tortoise, or if they have seen
pictures or read stories that have this type of animal as a character. Ask
children if they have heard about endangered animals or extinct
animals, and what these terms mean to them. Keep notes
of their responses.
Basic facts about turtles and tortoise:
* A turtle is a reptile.
* A reptile is a class of cold-blooded animal with a
skeleton inside its body and dry scales or hard plates on its
skin. Most reptiles lay eggs with soft, leathery shells.
Some reptiles live in water, but use their noses to breathe air into
their lungs. Lizards, turtles, snakes and crocodiles are
kinds of reptiles.
* Turtles and tortoises have soft body covered by a hard shell
that lives in water or on land. A tortoise is a turtle
that lives on land. A turtle pulls its head, legs, and tail into
its shell for protection.
* We need to take care of the habitats of turtles and tortoises, because
some are critically endangered
(review and define) and could become extinct (review and
define). People around the world are dedicated to
protecting endangered animals and their habitats.
External educational resources for additional
information, fun facts, and wonderful images of tortoises and turtles:
1. Sea Turtles > YouTube @ All Things Animals
2. Turtles and tortoises > You Tube @ National Geographic, this is a little long, but you can show portions
* National Geographic Kids > facts, photos, video,
map, and a colorful printable fact card:
Tortoise: The largest tortoise in the world. These can
live up to 100 years!
Sea Turtles: The biggest turtles on Earth.
Sea Turtles: The most common sea turtles in the waters of
Activity > Craft > Tortoise
or Turtle Shapes Craft All
you need is a printer, paper or construction paper, glue stick,
scissors and something to color with.
craft assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested
for the craft which may include:
1. Shapes | Math | Colors: Identifying shapes, colors, counting the craft templates.
Skills developed during craft assembly: Scissor cutting and
coloring (precursors to handwriting), problem solving, fine motor
Activity: Online Jigsaw Puzzle
Objective: View animal and review facts.
Problem solving skills. Bilingual: English and Spanish
Have fun with an online puzzle of a real ladybug that can be adapted
from 6 pieces to 247. The whole family can have a try.
Click on the Change Cut button to adjust
number and shape of pieces.
| Turtle Coloring Pages for puppets and display
These coloring pages can be printed on sturdy card stock paper to make
hand puppets. Color,
cut out and attach to a craft stick.
Lesson plan printable activities:
T is for Tortoise | Turtle
Tortoise | Turtle
Review links in the lesson plan for other Printable Activities