We all know and like turtles, but how much do we really know about them? Check out these free printables and unit studies about turtles to learn all about these majestic creatures with your kids.
All we know is that they are slow and awesome to look at. Turtles make great animals to study with your kids. We can learn about what they eat, how long the turtles live, the big deals about why they return to the beach, where/how they were born, and exactly what species are endangered.
Unit studies break up the monotony in your homeschool. Read all about using unit studies in your homeschool here.
If you aren’t sure how to make studying turtles into unit studies, no worries.
I can help with some resources to create a simple unit study.
-First, if you have multiple kids, of course, you will teach them differently. If you have little ones, then use learning resources with a turtle-theme.
Here are a few FREE printables for you below:
T is for Turtle Handwriting FREE Activity Pack | Only Passionate Curiosity
FREE Turtle Cutting Strips (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download) | Living Montessori Now
Turtle FREE Printables and Ideas | Making Learning Fun
-Show the kids some videos to learn about turtles and get away from school “work.”
All About Turtles! Turtle Facts for kids | Kids Learning Videos
Turtles for Little Ones: Preschool Learning about Turtles for Kids | FreeSchool Early Birds
Learn Turtle Facts for Kids | Homeschool Pop
-Have your kids journal about the turtles from the videos and field trips to visit turtles.
FREE Printable Notebooking Pages with Franklin the Turtle | Starts at Eight
-Teach your kids some facts about turtles. You can always find some cool facts out there. Here are a few:
1. Where turtles live and how they breed entirely depends on what species of turtle they are. Read this article about the different types of turtles here: Where Do Turtles Live & Lay Their Eggs?
2. Turtles are omnivores. They eat plants, fruit, and other animals. The weirdest animal they might eat is poisonous jellyfish.
3. Some turtles only lay a few eggs, but other turtles lay over 1,000 at one time. All turtles lay their eggs on land.
4. Once turtles lay their eggs, the mama turtles move on. They leave the babies to make do for themselves.
5. Turtles can’t control their own body temperature, meaning they are ectothermic.
6. Turtles have a hard shell that protects them like armor. This is called a ‘carapace.’ They also have a lower shell called a ‘plastron.’ Did you know they had two shells? Or that it was a part of their skeleton?
7. The leatherback sea turtle is the largest turtle ever and can weigh over 2000 lbs (900kg).
8. Most turtles can hold their breath underwater for about 30 minutes at a time. However, the loggerhead turtle species have been known to stay underwater for 10 hours at a time. WOW!
9. Turtles are adorable. Right? Well, not this one. An Alligator Snapping Turtle weighs about 200 lbs and has a bite force of 1,000 pounds. They can snap a body part clear off.
10. Turtles have a built-in compass, like sensitivity to the earth’s magnetic field. They return to the same beaches they were born on
Learn some more facts about turtles here.
-Talk to your kids about how almost all turtle species are on the vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered list according to the IUCN Red List.
-Add some crafts and activities alongside your lessons to keep your kids engaged and having fun:
Crafts and activities to go alongside your turtle lessons.
Turtle Themed Water Table | Craftulate
Scrumptious Turtle Cookies | Love These Recipes
15 Totally Cute Turtle Crafts for Kids | A Spectacled Owl
Learning About Sea Turtle Conservation with Kids | Rainy Day Mum
Turtle Crafts for Kids to Make | Crafty Morning
Turtle Theme and Activities | Child Care Lounge
Egg Carton Turtle Recycled Kids Craft | Emma Owl
Check out the resources below for free printables and unit studies about turtles.
Unit Studies and lessons about turtles:
FREE Turtles Unit Study and Worksheets | Homeschool Helper
Turtle Unit Study Ideas | The Homeschool Scientist
Montessori Inspired Turtle Unit | Momma’s Happy Hive
Turtle-Themed Unit Study for Little Ones | Step by Step CC
Anatomy to Bingo Turtle Unit Study | Homegrown Adventures
Turtle Unit Study | His Mercy is New
10 Turtle Facts You Need to Know | Snorkel Around the World
FREE Printables and Unit Studies About Turtles:
FREE Turtle PreK Fun Pack | Year-Round Homeschooling
Turtle Activities FREEBIE | Reagan Tunstall
FREE Turtle 3rd-5th Fun Pack | Year-Round Homeschooling
Turtle Research FREEBIE | Laughter & Consistency
FREE Color the Life Cycle: Turtle | Education.com
Montessori-Inspired Turtle FREE Activities | Living Montessori Now
FREE Turtle Printables and Montessori-Inspired Turtle Activities | Living Montessori Now
Turtle Life Cycle FREE Flashcards (With Membership 3 downloads per month FREE) | PrimaryLearning.org
FREE Turtle vs. Tortoise PDF | Deceptively Educational
Ten Turtle Facts for Preschoolers: Theme & Teaching Ideas | BrightHub Education
FREE Turtle Themed Learning Activities | KidZone
We can’t talk about turtles without at least mentioning sea turtles… they are so beautiful and graceful in the water.
Sea turtles are the adorable turtles you and your kids may have seen returning to the same place every two or three years to lay their eggs. They migrate about thousands of miles when this happens.
FREE printables and unit studies about sea turtles:
Sea Turtle Facts for Kids | Creekside Learning
Fun Facts About Sea Turtles | Awe-Filled Homemaker
Sea Turtle Life Cycle Unit Study | Homeschool Preschool
Download – Sea Turtle Life Cycle FREE Flextangles | Crafting Chicks
FREE Sea Turtles Lesson Plan | Modern Homeschool Family
Sea Turtle Unit Study Links | The Homeschool Scientist
25 Fun Sea Turtle Facts | Mom Junction
Sea Turtle Life Cycle FREE Worksheets | Living Life and Learning
Creative Ideas for a Sea Life Unit Study | Hip Homeschool Moms
Sea Turtle Games & Learning Activities for Preschoolers | Carrots are Orange
Study more animals of the freshwater marshes below:
We can make unit studies as simple or as complex as we need it to be. Try out a unit study with one of the most adorable creatures on earth and sea. – Except for that snapping turtle. That thing is scary looking!
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!