A WebQuest for 2nd Grade
(Science, Reading/ Language Arts)
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Toni the Turtle
needs your help! Toni is a Loggerhead Sea Turtle who can't remember where
she is supposed to lay her eggs. To help her, read the following information
about Loggerhead Sea Turtles.Determine which habitat is best for the health
of the baby turtles.
Neat stuff about Loggerhead Sea Turtles:
Loggerhead turtles live in the
warm, calm waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Ocean.
Loggerheads eat jellyfish, sea
urchins, clams, and other shellfish.
Female Loggerheads crawl out
of the ocean onto the beach. They look for clean, quiet spots to lay their
eggs. Once they have dug their nest and layed their eggs, they return to
Female Loggerhead Turtles lay
about 105-120 eggs each time they nest.
Loggerhead turtles can weigh
up to 350 pounds!
Locate and color a picture of
your choice on the Turtle Trax website.
Pick which beach Toni the Turtle
should choose to build a nest and lay her eggs on.
Write a paragraph giving the
reasons why you chose this beach.
1. Go to http://www.turtles.org/colour.htm
and pick out your favorite sea turtle picture. Print out this picture
and color it. Have fun!
2. In groups
of two or three, go to http://www.cccturtle.org/behav.htm#nest
. Read this whole section. Stop when you get to the heading Migration and
After you read this information, talk to your group about what you have
read. Some things to talk about:
4. Toni the Turtle
is having trouble finding the beach where she is supposed to lay her eggs!
Why don't you help her decide which beach she should lay them on. Think
about what you already know about sea turtles and where they like to lay
Does the male or female turtle
Where do they lay their eggs?
When do they lay their eggs?
Does it matter to the mother
turtle if there are houses and people nearby when she is laying her eggs?
Does the mother help her babies
make it to the ocean?
|| This is Crowded Beach,
USA. Look at all of the people and houses around. The people
sure will make a lot of noise, and the houses sure will be bright at night
with all their lights on. Should Toni the Turtle lay her eggs here?
||This is Peaceful Beach,
USA. Do you see any people or houses around? The beach looks quiet
and clean, doesn't it? Should Toni the Turtle lay her eggs here?
5. Write a paragraph
about the beach you chose for Toni the Turtle. Did you choose Crowded Beach,
or Peaceful Beach? Why did you choose this beach? Why do you think Toni
will like this beach, and why will it be good for her babies?
in Group Discussion
did not interact with group members or add to discussion.
did interact with other group members, but did not participate in discussion.
interacted well with group and participated in discussion.
supporting the student's decision based on information they learned about
did not perform task.
completed task, but did not use information to support their decision.
completed task using information learned from websites to suport their
Don't you feel
smart now? You have learned about the habitat, nesting, behavior, and life
cycle of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Now when you go to the beach and see
signs that say "Turtle Nesting Site", or see a show about sea turtles on
TV, you can wow your family and friends with all the neat stuff you know
about sea turtles!
Did this activity cause you to think more about how humans affect the environment
and the animals that live in it? If it did, maybe you could look up some
more information about conservation and marine life. There are many excellent
sites out there. For instance, a lot of information about the protection
and conservation of sea turtles can be found at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/prot_res/PR3/Turtles/turtles.html
If you are
interested in learning more about sea turtles, you should take a look at
the Turtle Trax website. They have a section just for kids. It can be found
Credits & References
in this lesson satisfy South Carolina Curriculum Standards for Science,
and for Reading/Language Arts for Grade Two. The specific standards
A. Process Skills
Use drawings,tables, graphs,written
and oral language to describe objects and explain ideas and actions.
1. Plan and conduct a simple investigation.
Communicate investigations and
D. The student will read fiction, non-fiction, and poetry using a
variety of strategies independently.
E. The student will demonstrate comprehension of fiction and nonfiction
Preview the selection
Set purpose for reading
Use pictures, phonics, meaning
clues, and language structure to
Locate information to answer
Paraphrase information found
in nonfiction materials.
C. The student will use oral communication skills.
Participate as a contributor
and leader in a group.
Paraphrase information shared
orally by others.
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