Sea Turtle Information

Teachers’ Educational Resources

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Sea Turtle Information & Lesson Plans

Academic Kids (for older kids)has general information on sea turtles. Embedded within the text is relevant vocabulary that links directly to a definition. http://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/Leatherback_Sea_Turtle

Bridge has many links that relate to ocean and marine life topics and lesson plans for K-12 https://masweb.vims.edu/bridge/index.cfm

The Caribbean Conservation Corporation has been teaching the world about sea turtles for many years and provides many sea turtle facts and photos https://conserveturtles.org and a free online educational guide on sea turtle migration and satellite tracking.

National Geographic offers free teacher lessons and material on Leatherbacks: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/l/leatherback-sea-turtle

National Marine Fisheries Service: “The Kid’s Time” has information on all species of sea turtles http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/education/kids_times_turtle_loggerhead.pdf

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association NOAA has wonderful resources for all videos and materials about the ocean http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/welcome.html

A variety of lessons: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/?xpop=1

Save the Turtles, Inc www.saveturtles.org (yes, this is us) and we have great photos, sea turtle information and our education global connection.

Sea Turtle Organization: Great resource for turtle information, the Marine News letter, information on the Annual Turtle Symposiums, and a wonderful image library: http://www.seaturtle.org/

Sea World: https://seaworld.org/animals/all-about/sea-turtles

University of South Florida & Florida Marine Research Institute: “Project Oceanography” http://www.marine.usf.edu/pjocean/packets/f02/f02u1.pdf has sea turtle lessons with objectives across the curriculum. Advanced levels:(science and math)

World Animal Protection: https://www.worldanimalprotection.us “World Animal Protection are at the forefront of the global animal protection movement. Every day they are moved by inspiring stories and the challenges.”

Endangered Species

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources: http://www.iucnredlist.org/

CLN http://www.cln.org/themes/endangered.html offers many themes and lessons plans.

Climate Change: effects on sea turtles, oceans and beaches

General Resources

Division of Fish and Wildlife…Government of the Virgin Islands: Excellent graphic which can be enlarged to show sea turtle anatomy such as scutes, carapace, prefrontal scales, etc. “Identification Key of Sea Turtles of Americas” http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b194/chenpn/chenpndotcom/identification1.gif

Extinction resources: Photos and information
http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/gotq_extinct.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_extinct_animals

Pollution

Conservation International http://www.conservation.org/FMG/Articles/Pages/01180802.aspx explores the problems sea turtles face due to plastic debris.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch http://www.bbcleaningservice.com/great-pacific-garbage-patch.html (Thank you David and Mrs. Lowe’s 5th Grade class in Aurora, Colorado for informing us about the above link regarding pollution in the ocean).

NOAA has fantastic, amazing interactive games on many levels to learn about sea turtles’ survival. http://games.noaa.gov/seaturtle/

Caribbean Conservation Corporation:
Games & Quizzes: http://www.cccturtle.org/turtletides.php?page=games