Sea Turtle Unit
Sea Turtles are beautiful, fascinating creatures. We learned a lot about them on our visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Our kids walked away fascinated and spent the afternoon in the pool pretending to be turtles. I walked away equally fascinated and with a few new picture books about sea turtles.
When we got back home from our road trip, I set about creating a mini-unit for our three year olds on Sea Turtles to extend their learning and our Sea Turtle Unit was born.
This is an obvious one, I hope. Go see some Sea Turtles swim up close at the aquarium. The Georgia Aquarium is one of our favorites.
Some Science Museums, or Natural History Museums, have information about turtles. For instance, the Natural History Museum in New York has sea turtle skeletons.
You won't see Sea Turtles, but turtles are potentially the next best thing.
*Georgia Sea Turtle Center
If you happen to be in Georgia, the Sea Turtle Center on Jekyl Island is an awesome place to visit for sea turtle fans.
We read a lot of books about Sea Turtles after our trip. These were our favorites:
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National Geographic Kids: Sea Turtles by Laura Marsh
I love the photographs in this series of non-fiction books for kids. Simple facts, easy to read, a great first book about turtles. 2+
Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! By April Pulley Sayre
The life of a turtle is a somewhat frightening one and this can be a tricky thing to appropriately relay to a young audience. This book, however, nails it. It is equal parts factual and playful. My kids are huge fans. 2+
One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies
This follows the life of one tiny turtle from being a baby to laying her own eggs on a beach. Informative and beautifully illustrated. 3+
Lifesize Ocean by Anita Ganeri & Stuart Jackson-Carter
Ever wonder how big a sea turtle would look swimming past you? Or a blue whale? This book offers you a glimpse at a range of sea animals. Awesome photos and interesting information in the back. 3+
Want More? Top 10 Books about the Aquarium
After reading Lifesize Ocean all three of us were amazed by the size of some of the animals. I took advantage and did a basic measuring activity. I gathered a measuring tape, painters tape and the book. We went into the kitchen where there is a big empty space. First, I measured them. Being twins and about a half inch different in height, this was not overly exciting. Then we added some tape lines for different animals from the book, starting with a Sea Turtle.
*Mapping Sea Turtles.
Our kids are obsessed with maps right now. We have a huge world map from our Little Passports program on the wall of our group area right now and they love finding things. During our Sea Turtle unit we looked for all the different oceans where Sea Turtles swim.
*Small World Sensory Play
Create a simple sensory invitation to reenact how turtles start. Mama Turtles bury their eggs in the sand so when Sea Turtles hatch they crawl into the water. This is one of my daughter's favorite facts about turtles and she loves sensory play, so I tied the two together. I filled half of our sensory table with sand and the other half with water. Then I buried green gems in the sand and added some sea turtles and some of our other water toys to the water portion.
*Watch Finding Nemo...or Dory
*Watch Finding Nemo. We don't watch a lot of tv or movies, but this is one of my favorites and after our trips to the Sea Turtle Center and Georgia Aquarium they loved spotting different animals including Sea Turtles.
Many of the books we read had watercolor illustrations. Watercolors perfectly mirror the soft, watery under sea world. After looking closely at illustrations, like those in Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out, we painted our own watery creations. Here are my top tips for introducing kids to watercolor painting.
*Under The Sea Yoga
I've been doing yoga with our twins since they were toddlers. We started using these ABCs of Yoga for Kids cards this year and my kids love them. Each card has a letter, picture, and description of the pose. My children love these visuals. Our favorite routine is our Train Yoga routine, but this Under The Sea yoga routine is quickly becoming a popular request.
UNDER THE SEA YOGA
Seated or Easy Pose.
Invite your child(ren) to go for a boat ride out on the ocean.
Row your boat out to sea and sing "Row Row Row Your Boat" as you go.
Ask "What do we see out at sea?" (we do this in between each of the following poses and then move around like the animal)
I see a Turtle!
I see an alligator!
I see a shark!
I see an otter!
I see a dolphin!
I see a fish!
Take a nap after your adventure. I invite them to close their eyes and think about their favorite animal in their mind.
Back to seated pose + we say Namaste to each other.
See Materials in Activities Listed Below
Ocean Animals Letter Find Worksheets : FROM ON 3 Boys and a Dog
10 Awesome Children's Books about Ocean Animals : FIND ON Crafty Mama in ME
Unit Study about Dolphins : FIND ON Look! We're Learning
Ocean Creatures Sight Word Puzzles : FIND ON Simple Fun for Kids
Jellyfish Discovery Bottle : FIND ON Schooling a Monkey
Picture Books about Ocean Animals : FIND ON The Jenny Evolution
Free Ocean Coloring Pages : FIND ON Something 2 Offer
Ocean Sticker Art : FIND ON Artsy Momma
Ocean Animals Shadow Matching Cards : FIND ON Preschool Powol Packets
Meet the Real Ocean Animals in Finding Dory : FIND ON Frog Mom
The Best Ocean Animals Preschool Fun : FIND ON Natural Beach Living
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