Tortoise Research

In this activity, the student will complete an activity through Google forms. They will read about desert tortoises and their elusive nature. Then they will learn about a research technique that biologists use to mark tortoises for identification later. Using this marking system, students will need to correctly identify tortoises.



By completing this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Define symbiotic relationship.
  • Explain the differences between three different symbiotic relationships.
  • Evaluate two wildlife interactions in order to identify the symbiotic relationship.

More About this Lesson Plan

These digital learning activities use Google Forms to create interactive activities that allow students to explore different wildlife-related topics with ease. The students just need Internet access. There is no software to install. It does not matter which web browser they use. They are designed for anyone.

These should primarily be used as a supplement to other instruction that is taking place and should not be expected to be the sole activity on any particular topic. Since they have been developed for anyone to access, they have not been designed to collect a score. However, the students will have the option to see all of their responses. If you wish to confirm their completion of the activity, you just need to have the students select “View Accuracy” after they submit at the end. When they do this, a new tab will open with a complete log of their responses. The students can either send this link to you or print out a copy and hand it in.

In this specific activity, students have some reading comprehension questions before they explore a technique used by field biologists to mark and identify desert tortoises in the wild.


  • Eric Proctor, Wildlife Education Coordinator,
    Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)

Standards Correlation

This lesson has been correlated to the following Arizona Department of Education academic standards:

  • 3rd Grade

    1. 3.L1U1.5
    2. 3.L2U1.6
  • 6th Grade

    1. 6.L2U3.12

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