The Turtle Watch Education Kit is an environmental education program (K-7) that links directly to the Australian Science Curriculum and integrates the three cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities.

The overarching objective of the program is to provide a range of learning experiences that will develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills that lead to individual behaviours/actions that are supportive of sustainable life practices. Specifically, the program will provide opportunities to enhance attitudes towards the environment, particularly in relation to local turtle populations.

The program will provide opportunities to enhance knowledge about turtles including:

  • Difference between turtles and tortoises;
  • Difference between and types of marine and freshwater turtles in Australia;
  • Biology and habitat needs of the snake-necked turtle in the wetlands of the Perth Metropolitan Area;
  • Indigenous perspectives of turtles;
  • Asian perspectives of turtles;
  • Keeping pet turtles.

The program will provide opportunities to take action/implement behaviours that support sustainable practices in relation to local turtle populations.


Click on the green links below for each section of the kit.


Section 1: Introduction and Curriculum Planning

Freshwater Turtle Resources by Learning Area
     Turtle Warriors Programme Part 1
Mathematics: Estimating Turtle Population Size
Science:            Year 4/5 Rubric Concept Map Biological Science
Year 6 Rubric Concept Map Biology
The Arts:   
– Art and Craft – Clay and Playdough
Year 1 Models
Year 3 Labelled Models
– Drawing
Year 3 Art and Weaving
– Folding Fun
Turtle Watch Folding Game Version 1 2012
Turtle Watch Folding Game Version 2 2012
Turtle Watch Folding Game Version 3 2012
Turtle Mural
Turtle Template
– Turtle Weaving
Turtle Weaving Templates
Year 3 Weaving Samples
– Drama
Introduction Session
Estimating Turtle Population Size
Turtle Shadow Puppets
Turtle Watch Role Play
Turtle Foot
Turtle Mask

TW Articles:
Nestwatch Project (as published in Western Wildlife, Vol 12 (3), 2008, Land for Wildlife)
Engaging Students in Science
(as published in Teaching Science, Vol 55 (1), 2009, Australian Science Teachers Association)
Turtle Watch Community Contribution
Getting Down and Dirty (as published in Issues in Educational Research, Vol 18 (2), 2008)
Going on a Turtle Egg Hunt
(as published in Australian Journal of Early Childhood, Vol 35 (4),Early Childhood Australia)
Turtle Watch: Enhancing Science Engagement 
(as published in SCIOS, Vol 48 (2), 2012, Science Teachers Association of WA)
Turtle Watch: Community Participation and Action

TW Articles About Anthony Santoro / “Turtle Trackers”:
Research Aims to Boost Snake-necked Turtle Populations
Bibra Lake Turtles Pushed to Brink by Foxes and Drivers
Turtle Death Rise Deemed Unsustainable
Turtle Preservation Plan for Bibra Lake

Marine Turtle Resources by Learning Area Science:          
Marine Lesson 1
Marine Lesson 2

The Arts:
Turtle Shadow Puppets

Section 2: Types of Turtles in Australia: Freshwater and Marine

Coolbinia Primary School Photos

Murals: Turtle Mural
                Frog Mural
Visiting Scientist

Canning River Eco Education Centre Photos
Clay Turtles
Turtle at CREEC
Face Painting Turtles (Sounds of Science Fair)
Turtle Badge Making (Sounds of Science Fair)
Turtle Watch Stall 1 (Sounds of Science Fair)
Turtle Watch Stall 2 (Sounds of Science Fair)

The Wetlands Centre, Cockburn Photos
Turtle Watch Event Manning Park

Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre Photos
Snake-necked Turtle

General Turtle Photos
Predated Turtle Nests at Lake Monger
Turtle 1
Turtle 2
Video Clips of Snake-necked Turtles

Section 3: Features of the Snake-necked Turtle
Snake-necked Turtle External Features

Section 4: Habitat of the Snake-necked Turtle

Section 5: Indigenous Perspectives of Turtles

Section 6: Asian Perspectives of Turtles

Section 7: Threats and Predators
Turtle Watch Poster
Citizen Scientists to Help Save Native Turtles

Section 8: Sustainability Priority Action

Turtle Watch Newsletters
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011
November 2011
December 2011
January 2012

February 2012
March 2012
June 2012
September 2012
December 2012

Turtle Watch Media
Turtle Watch Poster
Citizen Scientists to Help Save Native Turtles
Get Wild About Wetlands Flier
Turtle Talk Flier

Section 9: Keeping Turtles

Section 10: Assessment
Assessment Rubrics
Australian Curriculum Biological Science Content Descriptor F-7
Coolbinia Scope Sequence Turtle Watch 2012
Early Childhood Rubric Biological Science
Year 4/5 Rubric Concept Map Biological Science
Year 6 Rubric Concept Map Biology

Work Samples
Kindy and Pre Primary Scribed Drawings
Pre Primary Turtle Play
Year 1 Turtle Reports
Year 1 Venn Diagrams

Year 2 Concept Maps
Year 2 Posters

Year 3 Labelled Clay Model
Year 3 Labelled Playdough Model
Year 3 Weaving

Year 3 Drawings
Year 4-5 Carapace Art

Year 6 Art (Aboriginal Perspective)

Year 7 Concept Map

Year 7 Project



For further information or to comment on this Education Kit please contact Elaine Lewis.

School Accreditation

Schools are encouraged to become a Turtle Watch Accredited School.  To become accredited schools must fulfil three criteria and supply evidence to support their application.  Once they have been accredited the school will receive a certificate to display in a prominent place within the school.


Information sheet outlining the steps involved in becoming an accredited Turtle Watch School and the application form

Please let us know if you see a turtle. All sightings help us to understand more about these wonderful creatures. Click the button below to report a sighting  online at the Climate Watch website or call your closest Turtle Watch Environment Centre