completed sea turtle drawing

Drawing sea turtles

By Linda Dow

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.