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Turtle Tracking

Welcome to the World of Sea Turtles!

Students in area schools are participating in an ongoing project to learn more about sea turtles. In partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservancy, The News-Journal is covering the cost for the (virtual) adoption of sea turtles that have been tagged with satellite transmitters. Teachers from Kindergarten through 12th grade are developing creative ways to use the sea turtles in their curriculum. Classroom teachers and other educators may find the following links useful as they explore the world of sea turtles.

Talking About Turtles (News-Journal articles)

- 9/25/13 Estes, "Park program recruits ‘friends’ for sea turtles"
- 9/14/13 AP, "Denture repair adhesive helps fix sea turtle shell"
- 8/18/13 Henerson, "Tampering with lighting would be playing with fire"
- 8/18/13 Various, "Letters to the Editor on Turtle Lighting" - 8/9/13 Voyles Pulver, "Daytona Beach asks for sea turtle lighting exemption"
- 7/19/13 Voyles Pulver, "Rare sea turtle returns to sea in Flagler"
- 9/15/12 Voyles Pulver, "Rare white sea turtles hatch in Flagler, New Smyrna Beach"
- 9/8/12 Voyles Pulver, "Blinded by the light"
- 8/6/12 Fernandez, "Volusia beaches booming with sea turtle nests"
- 6/11/12 Conn, "Marine Science Center celebrates anniversary"
- 5/16/12 Voyles Pulver, "Study: Magnetic fields guide young sea turtles"
- 5/1/12 Voyles Pulver, "Scientists seek clues to sea turtle activities"

Teacher Resources (Lesson Plans and Classroom Tools)

1. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Sea Turtles
http://www.myfwc.com/seaturtle

2. NOAA Education Resources
http://www.education.noaa.gov/Marine_Life/Sea_Turtles.html

3. NOAA Grade 6 Comprehensive Lesson Plan with Links to Children’s Books
http://swfsc.noaa.gov/uploadedFiles/Education/Sea%20Turtle%20Curriculum%20Complete-10-26-09.pdf

4. Georgia Sea Turtle Center: http://www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org
National Geographic: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/crittercam/pdf/Sea_Turtles.pdf

5. Sea Turtles Need Help: Can You Dig It? (Grades 3-7)
http://www.nieworld.com/special/hotcold/qtoz/seaturtles.htm

6. Teacher Resources from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center http://swfsc.noaa.gov/textblock.aspx?id=51&ParentMenuId=33

7. Sea Turtles Lesson Plans 6-12 with Beautiful Informative Videos
http://www.seeturtles.org/1352/classroom-resources.html

8. Video segments from Discovery Education.com
http://www.discoveryeducation.com

9. An Ocean of Free, Teacher-Approved Sea Turtle/Ocean Resources
http://www2.vims.edu/bridge/search/bridge1output_menu.cfm?q=turtle

Tidbits (Activities)

1. Sea Turtle Puzzles and Printables
Homeschooling.about.com/od/freeprintables/ss/

2. Sea Turtle Conservancy: Turtle Tides Downloads
www.conserveturtles.org/turtletides.php?page=downloads

3. Georgia Sea Turtle Center
www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org/kids-spot

4. NOAA Education Resources
http://www.education.noaa.gov/Marine_Life/Sea_Turtles.html

5. NOAA Turtle Games, Arts and Crafts and More
http://swfsc.noaa.gov/uploadedFiles/Education/Sea%20Turtle%20Curriculum%20Complete-10-26-09.pdf

To the Web (Links)

1. Marine Science Center – Sea Turtle Rehabilitation in Ponce Inlet
http://marinesciencecenter.com/default.htm

2. "Sea Turtle Gallery"
http://www.news-journalonline.com

3. Department of Environmental Protection: Dr. Archie Carr
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/kids/pioneers/a_carr.htm

4. Sea World (Orlando)
http://www.seaworld.org/infobooks/SeaTurtle/home.html

Each month, The News-Journal will feature one of the adopted turtles in its Local section. Look for this feature, in print, on the third Tuesday of each month during the school year.

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