The Ocean Life theme unit within Scholastic Explorers studies how human activities impact two specific ocean animals — sea turtles in Costa Rica and dolphins in New Zealand. In conjunction with the Earthwatch Institute, students will visit two field sites. The first is the Las Baulas National Park in Costa Rica. There, research teams are collecting data on the leatherback sea turtles that nest on the beach. The other site is the Kaikoura Peninsula in New Zealand. Researchers there are studying the behavior of dusky dolphins, especially around tourist boats.
Through on-the-scene field reports, photographs, some interviews with scientists and others on the site, students will discover firsthand how Earthwatch teams study animals in their natural environment and work to protect them. Students are then encouraged to apply the same scientific methods to learn more about aquatic ecosystems in their own region.
- Understand the importance of ocean life and the ocean environment
- Use graphic organizers to order their questions and discoveries
- Read online texts from the Field Reports to build comprehension of the nature of scientific inquiry
- Demonstrate an understanding of behavior and adaptations of organisms
- Interact with online technology to view, describe, and discuss different dolphin behaviors
- Investigate a local water ecosystem by making observations and collecting samples
- Use a variety of technological and informative resources to conduct research and analyze data about the sea turtles and dolphins
- Research ocean life and report on findings
Students investigate and observe ocean life while also practicing their reading comprehension, note taking, and writing skills.
Student learn about marine life while also developing their observation, research, reading, and writing skills.
Students learn about the characteristics and behaviors of sea otters and other land and sea mammals through various learning activities.
Students learn about Costa Rican sea turtles through Scholastic's Ocean Life activity while enhancing their research and creative writing skills.
Discover how human activities impact sea turtles in Costa Rica and dolphins in New Zealand.
3–5, 6–8, 9–12
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