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Little Turtle

Little turtle in your shell,
Slowly you do go.
(Cover right hand with left hand.)
Slowly creeping, slowly crawling,
Slow is nice, you know!
(Move hands along slowly.)

Here is My Turtle

Here is my turtle,
(Form fist and extend thumb.)
He lives in a shell.
(Put thumb inside fist.)
He like his home
Very well.
(Nod head)
He pokes his head out
(Pop out thumb.)
When he wants to eat.
(Circle thumb around.)
And pulls it back in
When he wants to sleep.
(Put thumb back inside fist.)

*Art

A Turtle
Need: construction paper, paper bowls, tempera paint or markers.

Using markers, paint, or paper scraps children can decorate the outside of their bowls to look like a turtle shell. Have children place glue on the edge of the paper bowl. Turn the bowl upside down and place on a piece of construction paper. Children can use paint or markers to draw the turtle head legs, and a tail on the paper.

The children can draw a habitat for a turtle on the construction paper; pond, grass, rocks, a beach scene...

*Language Arts

T for Turtle color page.

*Facts

Turtles are one of the oldest reptiles living on the planet. Turtles are slow-moving reptiles enclosed in a dome shaped hard shell into which it can retract its head and legs. They live both on the land and in the sea. Turtles live everywhere on earth except Antarctica. Turtles inhabit all of the world's oceans except the Arctic.

Turtles live in the water and only venture onto dry land to lay eggs. When the eggs hatch the
baby turtles head straight to the water.

Turtles live in water. Tortoises live on land.

Sea Turtles
Information and color pages.
Desert Tortoise
Information and a diagram of a desert tortoise.

Reptiles: Turtle & Tortoise
Learn the differences between turtles and tortoises.

Turtle color pages with facts.

Sea Turtle color page.

*Math

Turtle Race (ordinal numbers 1-5)

Sand Table
Turtle Eggs
Need: ping pong balls

Write a number on a ping pong ball. On another ping pong ball place matching dots on it. Bury the ping pong balls in the sand table for the children to "dig for eggs". Matching the number to the dots.

*Sites to See

Green Sea Turtles
National Geographic color page

 

 

If I Were a Fish CD

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