Protecting the Critical Habitat of the Manatee and Loggerhead Turtle

Explore ocean habitats with a lesson that showcases the home of manatees and loggerhead turtles in Belize. Here, pupils compare and contrast the homes of ocean animals to those of humans, listen to an original short story about the manatee, design a map, and take part in a grand conversation about how we can support the manatee's and loggerhead turtle's environment. 


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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Supply learners with a Venn diagram to complete during the compare and contrast portion of the lesson 
  • Visit the school library, or search on mobile learning devices, to locate additional information about manatees, loggerhead turtles, or Belize 
  • Assign a research report about Belize, manatees, or loggerhead turtles
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson, created by Rainforest Alliance, is the second of four in a series focused on habitats
  • Some of the items found in the Included Materials section are required for other lessons in the series 
  • A slideshow is referenced but included in a specific lesson step; conduct the presentation when you see fit   
  • The lesson plan follows a clear organizational pattern 
  • The short story is available in English and Spanish
  • An example bulletin board picture is provided 
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