WHEREClassroom - Rotation 1
String cut into strips
Small pieces of string
Nuts or small plastic eggs or other items that can be broken (enough for a few per child)
Pictures of Loggerhead, Green and Leatherback beaks.
WHAT1. Read a story about sea turtle (non-fiction?)
2. Show a picture of a sea turtle and review the different parts of their body.
3. Show some pictures of different sea turtles’ beak.
4. Have students pick a “beak” and gather around the table
5. Explain how the students are going to try to use their beaks to get the food
6. Place the “food” items in the circle
a. Green Sea Turtles have a strong jaw and a serrated, sharp beak (Scissors). They eat sea grass or sea weed by breaking it off (paper).
b. Loggerhead sea turtles have a very strong jaw (nutcracker) that is used for crushing their food, clams, crabs and mussels (nuts).
c. Leatherbacks have notch on their beak that
7. Have the students use their beaks to eat
8. Have them try each kind of beak.
9. Now, place only one kind of “food” in the circle
10. Have students “eat” again
11. Explain to students that just because there is food, doesn’t mean they will be able to eat it. For example, if your beak slices through things like the scissors, you would cut it instead of eat it.
12. Ask students what would happen if they had all the same beak but there was only enough food for one third of them.
Sources Educators Guide
LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS1.B Growth and development of organisms