Sea Turtle Ecology

Lesson Title: Sea Turtle Ecology: Sorting Sea Turtle Species (1 of 5)
Academic Standards: MS-LS4-2. Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships. HS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations. Ocean Literacy Principle #5: The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems
Content Creator: Ms. Chrissy Frederick
Level: Middle School
Duration: 35-45 min
  /  Sea Turtle Ecology: Sorting Sea Turtle Species (1 of 5)


  • describe the characteristics of a sea turtle
  • compare and contrast sea turtle species


In this lesson students learn the adaptations and characteristics that unite all sea turtles. In addition, students explore the diversity of sea turtle species by interacting with sea turtle models and swimming with turtles in VR. Students make observations of sea turtle species.


1. Warmup:

  • What interests you about sea turtles?

  • Have you ever seen a sea turtle? If so, what type and where?

  • List something you know about sea turtles.

2. Content Delivery: Slide Deck

  • Deck interactives :TPS, name that turt

3. Observing Turtle Species

  • Characteristics: lateral scutes, prefrontal scales

  • Investigate each: leather, logger, green, hawksbill, kemp’s, olive, flatback --> sticky notes

4. Virtual Field Trip - Swimming with Turtle; try to ID

5. Closing: Main takeaway

Demonstratives & Media

Classroom Space
Science Lab
Virtual Field Trips & Lab Demonstrations
Instructional Videos
3D objects