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One Tiny Turtle Craft and Writing

Summer school seems like a long time ago.  But really it was only a few weeks back.  One of the activities during summer school was learning about sea turtles.  

Have you read this book?  It is beautiful!  I did not think to take pictures of the inside and I wish I had.  The illustrations are beautiful!  The text is written in two ways.  The main text is written in a beautiful, lyrical way that is more story like.  Then more factual text is also added that gives the reader more sea turtle facts.  

The students picked up on the fact that the book told about the life cycle and that the cycle repeats.  So we used circles cut from wallpaper sample books to represent that cycle.

The shape at the top is to show an egg, how the turtle starts out.  The rest of the shapes were made to look like turtles.  You lift the flaps to read what the students wrote inside for the stages of the sea turtle.

This student wrote that the sea turtle lives among the sea weed for one stage.  On the other flap they wrote that the sea turtle returns to the beach to lay their eggs. 

The kids had a good time creating their life cycles and it made an interesting display for the wall.

The students also got to make their own tiny turtles.  I drew a turtle shape for them to cut out.  We went on a rock hunt outside to find just the right rocks for the turtle shells.  Students then got to design and paint their shells.  One turtle has a bottle cap for the shell.  But we liked the way the rocks turned out better.  

If you haven't gotten One Tiny Turtle, this would be a great book to add to your classroom library! 


  1. I imagine the kids enjoyed the interactive possibilities of their turtle writing/art. Moving parts are so fun!

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. I have that book. It's a great one! I'm pinning those activities.
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  3. This is one of my favorites to read every year. I love the life cycle activity! Thanks for the great ideas:)


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  5. Hi Lori! I had to do a double-take when I saw your post as I'm just taking a break from making a sight word activity book called Tiny Turtle! Huh! Anyway, I've never read that book, but turtles are big in my class so I'll look it up before school starts again. Wonderful activities as usual...thanks for sharing such inspirational stuff.
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  6. I love this book and I am all over this craft. I am so glad you posted about it! Thanks.

    First in Maine

  7. I loved everything! We have sea turtles on our S.C. beaches. They are so cute!
    Sandi at Literacy Minute

  8. LOVE this! My 3rd graders read the story " Turtle Bay". This would be such a fabulous activity to go with it. I just had to pin it also. Thanks for sharing!


  9. Tammy, the kids did enjoy making and writing about the sea turtles!

  10. Thanks Shawna! Glad you came by to see the sea turtles!

  11. Thanks for the pin, Barbara! One Tiny Turtle is a great book!

  12. Thank you, Dee! The kids really had a good time with these sea turtle activities!

  13. Thanks for coming by, Lauren!

  14. That is funny, Susanna, that we were both working on turtle stuff! Hope you can use the activities!

  15. I am so glad that you liked it, Kimberley! The kids had a good time with the sea turtle activities!

  16. Thanks so much, Sandi! That would be so great if we lived close to the beach where the kids could have seen the sea turtles. :)

  17. Thanks for the pin, Krista! I hope your students get to do the activities with your book. It sounds like I may need to add your book to this unit too!

  18. Oh my goodness, how precious! I absolutely love your turtles. It looks like you all had a fantastic time! :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  19. Thank you so much, Catherine! We did enjoy these activities. :) Thanks for coming by!


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