Marine biologists, Mr. and Mrs. Mott from the Inwater Research Group, presented a stimulating enrichment program to the 6th-8th grade Northstar students about sea turtles. They showed specimens of turtle anatomy and related body structures to their function for survival in the ecosystem. Students considered characteristics of organisms as they identified the shared characteristics used for taxonomic classification of organisms. Students were encouraged to think about the impact humans have on the environment and share their ideas. Conservation and protection practices for threatened and endangered species were elicited from the students since we all share the responsibility of good stewardship of Planet Earth!
Students enjoyed the opportunity to use their scientific knowledge in an authentic manner as they considered evolution, anatomy, physiology, environmental science, ecology, chemistry, meteorology, and more recognizing the interconnections among all fields of science.
Way to go Laura Woodworth for offering your students a primary source and an awesome learning experience!