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Turtle Hurdles
Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, June 2009

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Suggested Topics: adaptations, classification, habitat, migration, myths.

Related 4th Grade TEKS:

Language Arts:
4.1 A, B, C: Listening, Speaking, Purposes: Listens Actively and Purposefully in a Variety of Settings
4.13 C,D,G: Reading, Inquiry, Research: Inquires and Conducts Research Using a Variety of Sources
4.15 C: Writing, Purposes: Writes for Variety of Audiences and Purposes in Various Forms
Social studies:
4.9 A, C: Geography: Humans Adapt to and Modify their Environment
4.23 C, E: Social Studies Skills: Communicates in Written, Oral and Visual Forms
4.24 A: Social Studies Skills: Problem Solving and Decision Making
Science:
4.1 A, B: Scientific Processes: Conducts Field and Laboratory Investigations
4.2 A, B, C, D, E: Scientific Processes: Develops Abilities to do Scientific Inquiry in Field and Laboratory
4.3 D: Scientific Processes: Uses Critical Thinking and Scientific Problem Solving to Make Informed Decisions
4.5 B: Science Concepts: Parts Removed from Complex Systems
4.8 B: Science Concepts: Adaptations Increase Survival
4.10 B: Science Concepts: Past Events Affect Present and Future Events
Math:
4.3 A: Number, Operations and Quantitative Reasoning : Addition and Subtraction
4.13 C: Probability and Statistics : Solve Problems by Collecting, Organizing, Displaying and Inerpreting Data
4.15 A: Underlying Processes and Mathematical Tools : Communicates about Math
4.16 A: Underlying Processes and Mathematical Tools : Uses Logical Reasoning

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Interesting Links for Further Research

Turtle as swimming machine illustration:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/05/leatherback-turtles/swimming-machine-interactive

Restoration efforts for sea turtles:
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/news/animals-news/italy-turtles-apvin.html
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/news/environment-news/costarica-turtles-vin.html

Threats to sea turtles:
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/news/environment-news/costarica-turtles-vin.html

Sea turtles in Texas
http://www.houstonzoo.org/seaturtles/

Girl scouts help find, measure tracked turtles in S Carolina
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/08/0816_020815_girlscouts.html

Texas Kemp's ridley in the news
http://www.tpr.org/news/2009/04/news0904161.html

Rules and identification of Texas Turtles
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_lf_w7000_1667.pdf


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