Lesson  The Life Cycle of a Sea Turtle
Content Area SCIENCE  – Life Science
Unit How Living Things Grow and Change
  •  Students will be able to describe how organisms change as they grow and mature.
  • Students will be able to explain how living things have offspring that resemble their parents.

  1. Show the vocabulary picture card for a “life cycle.”
  2. Explain that the way a living thing grows and changes is called its life cycle.
  3. Enlarge the sea turtle life cycle graphic.
  4. Read each part with the students.  Show how it cycles (begins again)
  5. Talk about how a young sea turtle looks just like its parents just like they do.
  6. Explain that when the young sea turtle is grown, it may have young of its own. That is when a new life cycle begins.
  7. Bring students attention to the following website: The Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  8. Examine / observe the images.  Talk about the pictures and read the captions.
  9. To review, click on this site and read it main text aloud as students observe and make connections: http://www.unc.edu/depts/oceanweb/turtles/
  10. Formative Assessment (see below)
  • Smart Board / Internet
  • Top part (Sea turtle part) of Life Cycle reproducible (save the bottom 2 parts for the next few lessons)
Formative Assessment  Allow students to color, cut, and paste the life cycle of a sea turtle.

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