Galapagos: Shells, Scales, & Snakes

Galapagos: Shells, Scales, & Snakes lesson plan

Travel to the Galapagos for a wet and wild artistic excursion. Make 3-D art as unique as the wildlife waiting to be discovered on these volcanic islands!

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    Very unusual species of animals live in The Galapagos Islands. Some species are found ONLY on these volcanic islands west of South America. Research the islands and find pictures of these unique animals.

  • 2.

    Use Crayola® Colored Pencils to draw a Galapagos tortoise, or another animal native to those islands, on paper. Take special note of body parts that appear darker or lighter, and choose colors that match those areas.

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    To create scaly skin on a turtle or a snake, for example, place a paper doily or piece of lace on top of your drawing. Color over the doily with your colored pencils.

  • 4.

    Use Crayola Scissors to cut out your Galapagos tortoise. Attach it to paper that looks like sand or soil (you could even use sandpaper) with Crayola School Glue.

  • 5.

    Add some cut-paper green blades of grass to give your tortoise a natural environment in which to hide.


  • Children research the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands and identify several animals.
  • Children draw one of the unique species found on Galapagos.


  • Create 3-D models of the wildlife using Crayola Model Magic. Some possibilities: Galapagos penguins, sea lions, iguanas, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds. Why was Charles Darwin so interested in the Galapagos?
  • List the various animals found on Galapagos. Match them with their closest relatives found in other places in the world. Write a story about how these animals came to live in different areas of the Earth.
  • Plan an imaginary trip to the Galapagos Islands. How would you get there? What would you see? How much would it cost? How long would you need to