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EDCI 5317: Project WILD

Sea Turtle Unit

Brandy Calhoun

on 6 March 2013

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Transcript of EDCI 5317: Project WILD

At the Beach Sea Turtles are
an endangered species... Using Project Wild in the Local Classroom: Endangered Sea Turtle Unit The most common threat to sea turtles is marine debris.

Turtles often become entangled in commerical fishing nets and gear. Project WILD Aquatic: Turtle Hurdles Pollution is also a problem. When plastic bags get into our oceans, streams, lakes or gulf, our turtles can mistake them as food. These bags can potentially harm them or kill them. Recovery Efforts Recovery Efforts are Successful!

Year - 1996 No. of Nests - 6 No. of Eggs - 590
Hatchlings Released -369

Year - 2011 No. of Nests - 199 No. of Eggs - 18,904
Hatchliings Released - 16,092 A GREAT IDEA!
Use Project WILD as part of a Sea Turtle Interdisciplinary Unit "Turtle Hurdles - Students become sea turtles and limiting factors in a highly active simulation game. Upon completion students describe the life cycle of sea turtles; identify species mortality factors related to sea turtles; make inferences about the effects of limiting factors on sea turtle populations; and make recommendations to minimize the factors that might lead to the extinction of sea turtles. Requires rope or string; tow jump ropes or hula hoops; one recyleable bag per student; identification cards; wooden clothes pins; poker chips; and dried beans." Activities GO AWAY PLASTIC BAGS!
When your family goes to HEB, Wal-Mart or Target, how many plastic bags are filled up with all the groceries? _____# of bags
( If your family uses recyclable bags, imagine another family’s use of plastic bags.)

Take that number and multiply it by 52 (# of weeks in a year.) _____# of bags used in a year. Images:
http://pure-green-living.com References Facts and Info:
http://www.projectwild.org My Science Diary Science: Identify Threats and Diets Each group cuts the pictures out and pastes them on the "Threats" area and "Food" area on the poster paper. Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Hatchlings Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles, the smallest, and most endangered species, are making a comeback, thanks to education and turtle recovery projects, such as hatchling release programs. Padre Island National Seashore Annual Turtle Hatchling Release Grade Level: 4th to 5th grade
Subject Area: Science, Social Studies, and Math
Duration: 45 to 60 minutes (+ 10 minute video)
Setting: Classroom
Size: 20 – 40 students (in 3 – 4 small groups)
Key Terms: Sea Turtles, Migration, Threat, Ratio
Conceptual Framework: Sustaining Fish & Wildlife Resources (HG, HN,AA, IT, HI, WM, RA) Over half the Kemp’s ridley nests found in the U.S. each year are located at Padre Island National Seashore. Geography Track that Turtle! "Will" is the first male Kemp's Ridley to be tracked by the TAMUG STFERL. MATH: Use data to plot Will's movements on a map. Photo: www.scubatechdiver.com Each group is provided mixed pictures of Sea Turtle "Threats" and "Food." §112.15. Science, Grade 4 TEKS §111.16. Mathematics, Grade 4 §113.15. Social Studies, Grade 4 Presented by: Brandy Calhoun, Melanie Ortega,
& Yoshiko Boulan Turtle caught in fishing net.
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