Shell Shocked

Teacher/Student Development

Dictionary Definition of Turtle

Turtle Facts & Worksheets

Website: Top Ten Facts about Turtles

Literary Connections

Article: What has its own armor, comes in colors and is awesome? Turtles!


Website: Turtle Rescue USA

Website: Loggerhead Marine Life Center

Website: Randy’s Turtle Rescue


Standards Correlations


SC.4.N.1.2-   Compare the observations made by different groups using multiple tools and seek reasons to explain the differences across groups.

SC.3.N.1.5-   Recognize that scientists question, discuss, and check each others’ evidence and explanations.

SC.4.L.16.3- Recognize that animal behaviors may be shaped by heredity and learning. (SC.4.L.16.3)

SC.4.L.16.2- Explain that although characteristics of plants and animals are inherited, some characteristics can be affected by the environment.

SC.5.L.17.1-  Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycle variations, animal behaviors, and physical characteristics.

*In Florida, adaptations are not taught until 5th grade, however, teachers can touch on this topic with students in 4th grade before beginning the lesson.

Here are some pictures from teachers at an NSTA Conferences trying this challenge.

NSTA 18 –
Teachers having fun!