Turtles Today  
Introduction: Video
Rotation 1Rotation 2Rotation 3
WHEREClassroomClassroomOutside
WHOTeacher7th graders8th graders
MATERIALSVideo: Computers
Laminated Cards with scenarios on turtle survival
Slideshow with Quiz

Computers
Overhead Projector
Posterboard
Board Game
Stickers
WHATWatching 4min. video about threats/endangerment to turtles today (human inflicted) and how humans should help the survival of turtles. Kids take notes while watching video, then a discussion. Rotation ends with a scenario card game. Students randomly choose cards about whether they (turtles) survive. There are only a few survivors, with explanations of how human intervention or non action helps them to survive. Slideshow on what is a reptile, how do we know turtles are reptiles and background information on turtles:
Loggerhead
Leatherback
Green Turtle
Olive Ridley
Hawksbill
Kemps Ridley
Flatback Turtle

Quiz at the end of the slideshow
Teaching using a posterboard:

Ecology
Habitat
Predators

Then, playing a “sharks/minnows” game and/or board game, dependent on weather
Support for differentiation: (ie visual, auditory, written instructions, peer helper, grouping, modifications for different grades)
Less information on a page
Bolded vocabulary words
Videos provides visual support
Movement space available
Provide a summary of information
NGSS Alignment
Full, more detailed outline of standards & progressions → NGSS Progressions
Earth Science
• ESS2.D Weather and climate
• ESS3.C Human impacts on Earth systems
• ESS3.D Global climate change

Life Science
• LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• LS2.C Ecosystem dynamics, functioning & resilience
Life Science
• LS1.A Structure and function
• LS1.B Growth and development of organisms
• LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• LS2.C Ecosystem dynamics, functioning & resilience
Earth Science
• ESS3.C Human impacts on Earth systems
• ESS3.D Global climate change

Life Science
• LS2.A-Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• LS2.C - Ecosystem dynamics, functioning & resilience
• LS2.D Social interactions and group behavior


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