completed sea turtle drawing

Drawing sea turtles

By Linda Dow

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Drawing sea turtles

By Linda Dow

One of the most effective ways to promote observation skills is to lead your class in step-by-step drawing. I can hear the chorus of complaints, “How can I teach it if I can’t draw?” But you can! It is simply a matter of breaking down your subject into simple forms and lines.

This is a lesson plan that I have used over the years with hundreds of elementary-aged students. They created wonderful pictures and came away with a much clearer understanding of the physical structure of a sea turtle.

Please encourage your students to embrace the individuality of their drawings. Visit a website or show them photos of sea turtles. No two turtles are exactly alike, and so your students’ drawings should not all look exactly alike.