The Story: A non-fiction story about the long life of sea turtles, including what they eat and how they are incredible swimmers. Sea turtles are also threatened by garbage like plastic bags in our oceans. Photographs of sea turtles support the story of the life cycle of sea turtles.
Bonus Quizzes: “Sea Turtles” includes quizzes for students to practice new vocabulary and build comprehension. Stars with points are collected and a final result displayed at the end.
Language support: “Sea Turtles” is narrated by native speakers in Mandarin, Spanish or English. Every word or word phrase is highlighted when spoken so it is easy for the reader to follow along. Switch easily between languages on any page.
Extra language scaffolding: Every word in the story is also clickable! Click the word once to hear it in the target language. Double-click the word to hear and read the translation. At the end of the story, every word clicked is saved in an interactive vocabulary list for review.
Teacher to Teacher: Using fairly basic language, “Sea Turtles” introduces learners to the lifecycle of sea turtles from the time they are born out of eggs laid on the beach until very old age. Included are facts about how fast sea turtles can swim, referenced in both miles/hour and km/hour.
Extension: “Sea Turtles” might be a way to introduce a discussion about other marine animals. Students might talk about what these animals eat or find one interesting fact and talk about makes them special.
Word count: 159
Grammar: Present tense, Future tense
Focus Vocabulary: Sea Turtle, Jellyfish, Beak, Plastic Bag, Beach, Ocean