Sea Turtles and You

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Sea Turtles Lesson Plan

Gardner’s Eight Intelligences
Cooperative Learning

Divide the classroom into 5 groups. Each group is evenly divided according to ability.

Assign each group a specific area to research and give a report to the classroom. The loggerhead is the most common turtle to lay their eggs on South Walton County Beaches. You may choose to assign your groups a specific topic to research such as: 

· Sea turtle general characteristics
· Female sea turtle characteristics
· Loggerhead characteristics
· How sea turtles interact with the environment & humans
· How to protect the sea turtle population

If you do not live in an area such as Walton County, you may choose to assign each group a specific turtle to research.
Examples include: 

· Green
· Leatherback
· Loggerhead
· Ridley
· Hawksbill

Each group will report their findings to the classroom using all eight intelligences.

Gardner’s Eight Intelligences

1. Verbal-Linguistic – Read and organize material related to your specific turtle or topic. Write a poem describing your turtle. Teach a Literature Circles Lesson (See lesson), concept muraling (a chart of sequenced illustrations), webbing, etc. Write a letter to an elected official.
Technology - Use Word to create a 3-column brochure to present to your class/group. 

2. Mathematical-Logical – Include specific measurements of turtle’s body (weight & length), distance the turtle may travel in the water and on the beaches, actual measurements on the turtle’s tracks left on the beach in your presentation. Create tessellation of the scales on the back of a turtle. 
Technology - Use Excel to graph your turtle data (see Lesson plan) Data from South Walton Beach is located in resource section.

3. Musical – Create a song or rap about your turtle. Technology - Record it using sound recorder and use in your PowerPoint presentation.

4. Visual-Spatial – Create a picture, sculpture (clay), banner (using math skills to create your own triangle), etc. to describe your turtle. A detailed lesson describing how to draw a turtle using different mediums will be included in this packet. 
Technology - Use Paint to create a picture of your turtle in your PowerPoint presentation.

5. Bodily Kinesthetic – Create a movement to describe your turtle using tracks, nest, tracking, and swimming. Create a dance to go with your rap.

6. Interpersonal – Give a presentation about your endangered turtle to persuade your audience to help protect sea turtles. Create a T-shirt (visual-spatial) to raise money for saving the turtles. 
Technology - This would work well in PowerPoint and include a brochure, song recording and/or Paint picture. 

7. Intrapersonal – Keep a log describing your feelings about this endangered animal. 
Technology - Use Word to keyboard all your descriptive words and use different font and size to set them apart from the rest of the sentences.

8. Naturalist – The entire subject would fit in this category.

It is important to allow each group ample time to prepare and present their information. Modeling what you expect is very important. Begin with a model lesson. Model, as a teacher, how you would research the information needed. How would you organize it? Model how to outline.

If your classroom has capable leaders, they may become the models for the rest of the class. As we all know, each classroom is different, and you will need to modify your approach with each new classroom and with each new day.

Include a field trip to the beach, if possible. Contact your local sea turtle association to find out when the turtles are nesting in your area. Hopefully, your class will be able to walk the beaches with qualified people. A list of contacts, who have a permit from the South Walton Turtle Watch Association, is included in this packet.

Use the web site for more information.

Developed by Lynn Abbit








South Walton Turtle Watch

Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program

Van R. Butler Elementary School





























Last Updated: 2/06