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Sea Excursions Educational Program

From the Boat to the Classroom
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chris desmond

on 30 November 2012

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10,000 Islands Dolphin Project's Environmental Studies Program An Overview An educational tool used with children aboard the Dolphin Explorer. Students can help record how many dolphins seen that trip and more! 5. "The Dolphin Challenge" 4. Photo Identification
Catalogue The website contains information about the project, a photo gallery, a link to our blog articles and more dolphin facts! 6. Use of our Research and
Education website, www.dolphinstudy.com - "Conversation with the survey team" video 3. Lesson Plan Videos A prezi presentation is created for each content segment and includes video, photos and text supporting the live feed. These Prezies are attached to the lesson plan sent to the teachers. 8. "Prezies" ...each presented via live feeds' from the Dolphin Explorer. Each lesson plan is approximately 45 minutes in length. The core of the lesson plans is centered on our dolphin survey work with segments titled, for example, "Moms and Calves", "Male pair bonds" (males that spend their adult lives together) and "Sub-adults" (teenage like dolphins playing and socializing). 1. Up to 30 individual lesson plans At the end of the program each student will receive a Certificate of completion along with a Dolphin Explorer patch! 10. Certificates of completion and our survey patches 9. Word Search worksheets ...when we sight dolphins and other significant wildlife moments. Our biologists narrate the sighting describing the activity. These are major motivating moments for the students. If something is seen before a session it will be filmed and sent electronically within the lesson plan so everyone can view what happened in the last 48 hours! 2. Live "breaking news"
segments Each lesson has this worksheet. It has a short reading that goes along with that lesson topic and has 4 questions for the student to answer based on what they learned. The questions are all asked differently for example, unscramble the word, multiple choice, fill in the blank and more! 7. Reading and Question Worksheet Sea Excursions' Grades 2-5
Elementary School Education To each class participating we provide: The remaining lesson plans pertain to the marine life, marine sciences, environmental and cultural heritage of the waters and islands we travel and visit. Subject matter ranges from our "Museum in a Box", "Stone Crabs and the Crab Box Dance", "Mangroves", "Tides" and much more! Moments like this mom and calf can be
seen by students as it's happening! More videos are available to students on our youtube channel called DolphinProject... Each lesson has a word search to go along with the new information and the students have fun completing them! This contains photos of all dolphins in the survey area of the program. Rangle Oscar Some of the prezies created are on topics like: Mangroves Wading Birds Tides Dolphin Calves Anatomy Designed using the vocabulary and other key words from each content module. Baby dolphin named Crafton and mom! In the Fall 2011, Sea Excursions entered into a project-based learning program (the "Program") with two K-6 schools, Crafton and Carnegie, in the Carlynton School District in Pittsburgh, PA. Carlynton School District Pilot Program "A Stunning Success" The Program is designed to teach students about the environment but it not only benefits science education, it also covers children's reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Focused on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades it meets some of the Common Core State Standards in education. Students that participated in the program last year are those with reading skills below their grade level, who must overcome reading difficulties that curtail their motivation to read. Students had displayed reading motivation shortcomings, which represent one of the most significant concerns to teachers in the District. Carlynton School District
An Overview of the Program
Program at Carlynton
National Reading Day
Results to date
Letter from a Parent The application of the Program at Carlynton involved jump starting student interest in a current subject, The Program, through real-time video sessions, using related collateral materials, then capitalizing on that awareness through related readings.
At the Carlynton District, in addition to the collateral materials offered in the overview, the Program offered five 15 minute segments every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and frequent "breaking news". The Program at Carlynton... The students involved constantly engaged in real learning, not only in the realm of reading, but motivated through the Program in the areas of listening, writing, questioning skills, higher order thinking skills, note-taking, environmental awareness, science, geography and social studies. At the onset of the school year, a book challenge was implemented by the teachers to chart motivation to read outside of the classroom. On a monthly basis, students were requested to read age appropriate books and complete a short summary to document their comprehension.
In January, students began reading Dolphin Tale, the Jr. Novel, as well as informational books about dolphins and oceans. The Dolphin Tale is especially meaningful to the students given the Program's involvement in the rescue of "Seymour", a dolphin who had the same problem as "Winter", the Dolphin Tale star. Students are becoming more proficient by reading books that positively affect their motivation to read. Students are encountering various types of texts that include expository, fiction and non-fiction books. On March 9th 2012, the Dolphin Explorer worked with Seaworld, Mote Marine Laboratory, and the Florida Fish & Wildlife to rescue Seymour and the students witnessed the event LIVE! Seymour The impact on the students in the pilot Program last school year is considered "A Stunning Success". Students are exhibiting an increased level of reading motivation. Data driven tests have identified increased student gains in fluency and comprehension. Writing skills are being developed in assisting preparation for the PSSA tests. Results to Date The 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project’s survey team is fortunate enough to work in the rich and diverse environment of Southwest Florida. We encounter and observe an amazing variety of wildlife and marine habitat each and every day while surveying the local bottlenose dolphin population.

While the core of our work is with coastal bottlenose dolphins, we observe manatee, sea turtles, shore and wading birds, bobcat, deer, raccoons, stone and blue crabs, osprey and eagles, shell life and coastal habitats effected by high and low tides. Florida Panther will occasionally make an appearance!

Utilizing today’s technologies, we have captured all of this in a remarkable ten week Environmental Studies Program that enables an entire classroom to come with us into this extraordinary ecosystem. The Program rigors have resulted in benefits that activate student thinking and build background for future reading assignments. Not only are the students engaged in relevant instruction, but gaining an appreciation of reading and innate sense of belonging to a very important team. It is this intrinsic motivation derived from the project that is compelling students to read more willingly both in class and independently. One of the most intriguing observations made by the teachers is how students are gaining an awareness of the world and that each can make a difference and positive impact on the environment through their actions.
"Students were eager to enter my class and reluctant to leave. I witnessed my students become leaders among their peers!" Said a Reading support teacher at Crafton Elementary. Discussions with students revealed their continued excitement regarding the topics introduced during the live video sessions.

Students have consistently offered feedback about the books they are reading independently and are submitting completed book reports to verify understanding of the material. Students the length of a whale! Letter from a Parent "This has been the most incredible school year for my son. He is more enthusiastic and motivated to learn than I have ever seen. This is all due to Mrs. Kosko's amazing reading and environmental Dolphin Project." "He has become a young environmental spokesman on oceans and the life within them. He is eager to share his new knowledge with others." "I have no doubt that my son's experiences with the Dolphin Project will influence him for a lifetime. To see my third grader's passion to make a difference on our planet tells me that Mrs. Kosko's class project is a huge success. I am proud to be part of this learning opportunity." Where do we go from here? On March 2nd the project did a talk
to the entire school of 360+ students
for National Reading Day. They were all
able to hear about the Dolphin Project
and ask some questions at the end, it
was a success! National Reading Day... The Program is composed of up to 30 Lesson Plans targeted at Grades 2 to 5 during a 10 week period. We have scheduled the ten week Program three times throughout the school year to allow the teachers to decide when they want to participate. Each of the Lesson Plans addresses an individual inhabitant/element, structured to be 45 minutes in length of which 15 minutes is live from one of our survey vessels. Most important, the Program is specifically designed to address Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.

Environmental literacy is essential in younger generations. Children’s attitudes toward living things develop at a young age and this program will model for them how to care for the environment. Showing the class the real world in real time brings an added excitement to learning. The surprise’s Mother Nature provides us with captivates the students curiosity about what they’ll see next. Experiences like this help children grow and helps them develop a sense of responsibility for our water, land and wildlife.

Studying the environment also teaches young children how to integrate critical thinking with science, technology and reading skills. By including the class as part of the survey team during the program, it provides them with a sense of importance. With this increased self-worth and knowledge of conservation it will arm them with the tools to go out into the world and make a difference. Below are the 30 lesson plan topics which together create our comprehensive Environmental Studies Program 1. Welcome to the Project
2. Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins
3. YOYs
4. Moms & Calves
5. Sub-adults
6. Male Pair Bonds
7. Dolphin Anatomy
8. Feeding Techniques
9. Mangroves
10. Tides
11. Manatee
12. Sea Turtles
13. Threats to Dolphins
14. Salinity & Turbidity
15. Wading Birds 16. Habitats: Beaches
17. Dolphin Evolution
18. Osprey
19. Water Quality & Contaminants
20. Update on YOYs
21. Shore Birds
22. Habitats: Sea grass beds
23. Crabs
24. Shells
25. Porpoise vs. Dolphin
26. Update on Calves
27. Sea Urchins, Sea Stars and Sand Dollars
28. Museum-in-a-box
29. Sea Rays
30. Conservation Efforts - Vocabulary video Mangrove Lesson Sea Turtle Lesson Mangrove Lesson Sea Turtle Lesson
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