Turtles In Danger Game

Turtles in Danger is an active chase and tag game suitable for primary / middle school children.
The game teaches children about sea turtle life cycles, natural and human threats, endangered animals and survival strategies.
The game can be played outdoors or indoors in a large space, a netball or basketball court is ideal.
There are two rounds, one where some children are hatchlings making their way to the sea while avoiding the other children who are threats. For the second round the remaining children are turtles trying to survive in the sea and return to the beach to lay eggs while avoiding threats. The game can be played again removing the human threats to see how this affects the survival rate.
This pack contains a guide to the game, a printable instruction sheet with pictures, labels and headbands to identify the children who are threats. There are 14 threats in total and they are colour-coded for dangers on the beach (sand colour) and for in the sea (blue). The labels and headbands have silhouette pictures for quick identification alongside the word and a short explanation of the threat.
Through playing the game students gain an understanding of why many reptiles and fish lay so many eggs in order to survive as a species. Through discussion they learn how the impact of extra pressure such as threats from humans can lead to a threat of extinction.

Related Resources:
An interactive story about turtle life cycles, turtles in Trouble, https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/turtles-in-trouble-an-interactive-story-12240371
A Sea Turtle quiz can be downloaded for free from https://teacherstellingtales.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Sea-Turtle-Quiz.pdf
Turtle book recommendations (fiction and non fiction) https://teacherstellingtales.com/turtle-tales-and-truths/

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  • Turtle_Danger_Game_Instructions.pdf
  • Turtles_in_Danger_Game_Guide.pdf
  • Turtle_Danger_A4_labels.docx
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Created: Jan 19, 2020

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

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