Sea Turtles
Part of the Florida Geographic Alliance's collection of lesson plans.



Grade Level: 4-6

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.




Problem - Florida Sea Turtles are endangered
  1. Students will share what they know about sea turtles.
  2. Watch Video and use transparencies to identify turtles.
  3. Use the maps to identify:
    • Gulf of Mexico
    • Mexico
    • States that border the Gulf of Mexico
    • Straits of Florida
    • Atlantic coast states up to Virginia
    • Trace route of Kemp Ridley
  4. Use map and resource sheet to plot migration of female turtles.
  5. Read: A Tale of Two Turtles
    • Map the map of the Loggerhead Turtle.
  6. Using Transparencies:
    • Mark nesting areas of Loggerhead Turtles in Florida
    • Overlay population of area in 1980.
    • Overlay population of area in 1990.
  7. Students brainstorm problems that arise from increased population.
  8. 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 perspective.
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.

Human Impacts

Part of the Florida Geographic Alliance's collection of lesson plans.