The Galapagos Islands
About the The Galapagos Islands Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the Galapagos Islands.
• To be able to name who discovered the Galapagos Islands.
• To be able to identify the connection between Charles Darwin and the islands.
• To be able to describe the importance of the conservation efforts in the Galapagos Islands.
• To be able to identify some of the features of the Galapagos tortoises.
The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, near the equator. Located 604 miles west of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a province of Ecuador and are part of the Ecuador national park system.
?Galapago? is an old Spanish word that means ?saddle.? The large tortoises located on the islands have a shell that resembles the old Spanish saddle, which is where the islands got their name. The tortoises located on the Galapagos Islands are unique and are not found anywhere else in the world.