Time: 2 or 3 days
To provide hands on activities that will introduce students to Florida
Sea Turtles; map the migration of sea turtles; and will look at the effect of
population density on sea turtles.
- Gulf of Mexico and Florida map worksheet
- Colored Pencils
- Resource sheet
- To identify different species of sea turtles found in Florida.
- To use maps to locate the distribution and migration patterns of sea turtles.
- To consider the implications of population density on the nesting and feeding areas of sea turtles.
- Florida Sea Turtles are endangered
- Students will share what they know about sea turtles.
- Watch Video and use transparencies to identify turtles.
- Use the maps to identify:
- Gulf of Mexico
- States that border the Gulf of Mexico
- Straits of Florida
- Atlantic coast states up to Virginia
- Trace route of Kemp Ridley
- Use map and resource sheet to plot migration of female turtles.
- Read: A Tale of Two Turtles
- Map the map of the Loggerhead Turtle.
- Using Transparencies:
- Mark nesting areas of Loggerhead Turtles in Florida
- Overlay population of area in 1980.
- Overlay population of area in 1990.
- Students brainstorm problems that arise from increased population.
- Discuss these problems in relation to turtle nesting and feeding areas.
National Geography Standards
- 1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and
- technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial
- 8: The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on
- Earth's surface.
- 14: How human actions modify the physical environment.
- 18: How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the
Participation of students and observation of teacher.
- Killed for meat or poaching of eggs
- Nests on open beaches are prone to erosion
- Development along beaches causes a loss of nesting areas
- Beach re-nourishment buries nests
- Artificial lights can cause turtles to become disoriented
- Mechanical raking causes damage to nests
- Placing of physical objects on the beach
- Use of off-road vehicles on the beach
- Turtles become entangled in fish traps or buoy anchor lines
- Turtles get caught in fish and shrimp net and drown
- Turtles eat marine debris such as styrofoam, plastic bags, and tar balls
- Oil spills
- Collision with boats