Sea Turtle Ecology

Lesson Title: Sea Turtle Ecology: Swimming and Migration (3 of 5)
Academic Standards: MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Content Creator: Ms. Chrissy Frederick
Level: Middle School
Duration: 35-45 min
  /  Sea Turtle Ecology: Swimming and Migration (3 of 5)


  • describe sea turtle adaptations that indicate their migratory life history
  • compare and contrast the migrations of different sea turtle species


In this lesson, students learn the adaptations that support sea turtle migrations and the reasons sea turtle migrate. Students explore sea turtle tracking and visit a “arribada” in VR.


  1. Dive In!: Propose a reason for the leatherback's long migration.
  2. Content Delivery: Slide Deck with videos
  3. Activity: Tracking Sea Turtles
  4. Virtual Field Trip: Sea Turtle Arribada in Costa Rica
  5. Closing: Why do sea turtles migrate? Benefits and costs?

Demonstratives & Media

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

Suggested Ancillary Support