Turtle Activities, FREE Printables and Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

May 28, 2013

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Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies
  • FREE choice journal writing
  • Turtles Make Ten Math Game
  • Turtle FREE printable books
  • Turtle FREE printable counters

One Tiny Turtle

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies

Why we love this book:

The book begins with a brief introduction with facts about sea turtles and explains that this book is about the loggerhead turtle. The story begins with a tiny “Loggerhead” baby living in an ocean nursery of weeds and driftwood. The narrative takes us along on the journey of Loggerhead‘s life as she grows and wonders about the sea for thousands of miles. After thirty years, Loggerhead returns to the beach where she was born. She lays her soft Ping-Pong ball, eggs in a deep, safe hole. And before the summer is over the tiny, baby turtles wriggle from their eggs and skitter toward the sea. One day the baby turtles will return to this beach and begin the circle of life once again.

Family Friendly South Padre Island

Since our visit to Sea Turtle Inc., Rescue and Education Center, Miss  Enigma has been smitten with turtles. They are in fact her favorite animal (well, next to dogs).  When I spied the book One Tiny Turtle, I knew I had hit right upon one of her fondest memories. The book is especially nice because along side the narrative of Loggerhead‘s life are facts about sea turtles. The story-telling style of the book makes this very accessible nonfiction for younger children. However, this is not a book strictly for little tikes. It is packed with information making it an excellent research resource for older children.

We invite you to join Miss Enigma as she enjoys a little sea turtle reading, writing and arithmetic . . .

10 Tiny Turtles FREE printables

Journal Entry, Miss Enigma, Age 5

Journal Writing

  • This turtle laying her eggs is one of Miss Enigma’s first journal entries in kindergarten. It reflects her fascination with sea turtles.
  • Miss Enigma loves this journal entry so much that it is framed and displayed on her art shelf.
  • My approach to introducing journal writing to children is very simple. I don’t use prompts or story starters.
  • I begin with very simple directions:
  • My children know that their journal is all about them. It is a place to write about special memories, specific interest and things they are learning about.
  • Journal Writing with Kindergarteners

10 Tiny Turtles FREE printables

 Turtles Make Ten Math Game

  • While at Sea Turtle Inc. Rescue Center, we purchased a set of plastic sea turtles.
  • We used these turtles to play a simple math manipulative game. (of course she couldn’t find the entire set, so we had a few stand-ins.)
  • We put down a sheet of yellow and blue construction paper to represent the sand and the sea.
  • As each tiny sea turtle swam out to sea we changed our addition sentence. This could also be done as subtraction.
  • If you don’t have plastic sea turtles you can use the FREE printable counters I’ve included in this post.
  • Looking for something more advanced? Check-out our advanced version of Make Ten Math Game for older children.

10 Tiny Turtles FREE printablesPrint this book FREE: 10 Tiny Turtles Illustrated

  • Book designed for guided reading.
  • Can be used for basic counting and number recognition or for acting out addition and subtraction operations.
  • Highlight T words: ten, tiny, turtle
  • Highlight TH words: the, then, there

10 Tiny Turtles FREE printables


Print this book FREE: 10 Tiny Turtles Blank

  • Blank version for children to read and illustrate.

10 Tiny Turtles FREE printables

  •  Children can use FREE printable turtle counters as math manipulatives.

10 Tiny Turtles FREE printables

Print these counters FREE: Ten Tiny Turtles


One Tiny Turtle

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

When you were a child, what was your favorite animal? Horses, puppies, pigs, dolphins, turtles . . .  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, June 2, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, June 3, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara H May 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

My favorite is still turtles! :) Seriously! I wish I could take a picture of my curio cabinet to show y’all! It is filled with turtles!…not real ones of course. ;) My boys love finding and catching turtles. About a year ago we found a huge snapping turtle. We observed it for a while. It was fascinating. I know that everyone who enters a giveaway wants to win, but I really hope we win this one! :)

Jeannine May 29, 2013 at 9:28 am

Good luck Tara! I wish you were closer to Turtle Inc. Rescue Center. You and your boys would totally love that place!

Dianne May 29, 2013 at 10:29 am

I loved all kinds of animals, but I especially loved kitties. My mom says when I was a baby, her cat moved her kittens into my crib with me.

tammy cordery May 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I loved my dog Ginger.

Jamie May 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm

OK, I was one weird kid. My favorite animal was a squirrel — I even wanted to be a squirrel and built my own squirrel’s nest in our backyard. Just a run-of-the-mill squirrel…

Jeannine May 30, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Dianne how totally sweet. Kittens in your crib! How could you not love kittens!

Jeannine May 30, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Jamie how funny. Squirrels are cute from far away but they scare me. Yes, squirrels scare me. You feed them one little tid-bit and then they get closer and closer and won’t leave you alone. Definitely scared the cute little squirrel will attach for another snack!

Ellie May 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm

When I was a kid, I always listed elephants as my favorite animal. Why?! Because Ellie and Elephant sound so much alike! But in terms of real live animals that I knew on an intimate basis, my great loves were my dogs – 2 dachshunds named Cinnamon and Saffron.

Brandy May 31, 2013 at 7:57 pm

As a child, I loved dogs to the point of dreaming of being one of those people that shows dogs. I would prance our German shepherd around the yard, while stopping to check her coat, tail, and teeth. Haha! As an adult, I still love dogs best, particularly our 11 1/2 year old black lab mix named Zoe. She is a hoot! My husband, three kids, and Zoe just piled on the four-wheeler a few minutes ago to go for a ride. It was a sight to see!

Brandy May 31, 2013 at 7:58 pm

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Jeannine June 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Miss Enigma absolutely loves dogs. There is a specific dog commercial with their owners. She cries when she sees it. Yep, she loves dogs that much!

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