Welcome to our incredible turtle-tracking program for young Canadians.
The mission: To watch over wild wayfarers and their habitats. Students will track 10 leatherback turtles -- the world's largest reptile -- from the North Atlantic to the Caribbean Sea.
With the help of Google Earth, we can locate the breeding grounds, migratory pathways, and winter homes of these leatherbacks. We can gather data required to protect them or even save them from extinction.
Using our free resources including tracking journals, scientific guidelines and expert advice, your learners are able to hypothesize which turtles will nest this year . Submit your classes predictions to CWF!
Becoming a Turtle Tracker is a breeze, and it’s fun! All materials required by users are available at our Web site and are meticulously prepared with young readers in mind. They are both teacher- and student-friendly. Learners will:
- investigate an untamed traveller;
- track the movements of the species;
- map migration routes and keep their own field notes;
- monitor climatological conditions that affect species' movements;
- observe wildlife habitats and assess their health on land and at sea;
- evaluate threats to animal voyagers in their breeding and wintering habitats and along their migration routes; and
- interact with biologists, scientists, and other experts who can help them interpret the data they gather.
Turtle Trackers can also deepen their knowledge — even make new discoveries — about leatherbacks and their habitats by conducting a scientific inquiry. They can then create recovery plans based on insights gained about the turtles: where they go, the dangers they encounter, and how they might be conserved. What's more, students can even consult with wildlife experts for more information.
Turtle Trackers is also a boon for teachers. You will have enjoy access to an abundance of learning activities in this guide and at the Web site, and conveniently meet many outcomes set by the Common Framework of Science Learning Outcomes (Pan-Canadian Protocol for Collaboration on School Curriculum).
This activity guide contains a variety of classroom activities. It also gives students practice in conducting a scientific inquiry. Learners are encouraged to translate awareness into action by creating wildlife recovery plans founded on sound knowledge about conservation.
- Gain awareness of the leatherback’s seasonal voyages.
- Recognize the value of terrestrial and aquatic habitats to wildlife.
- Understand how habitats are affected by human activities.
- Develop a sense of stewardship toward our natural heritage.
- Find out how to track and map out real migration routes and keep their own field notes.
- Become well-versed in accessing, interpreting, and recording climatological data and perceive how weather influences wildlife movements.
- Acquire skill in interviewing scientific experts and obtaining key information from them.
- Gain knowledge of the role of scientific inquiry in wildlife conservation.
- Discover some of the ways in which they can help to give migratory species safe passage.
- Learn about the species recovery process.
- Find out about careers in space technology and wildlife management.
Attention Science Teachers
Not only is it cross-referenced with the Common Framework of Science Learning Outcomes; Turtle Trackers is also an ideal forum for teaching -- and giving your students a chance to follow -- the steps of scientific inquiry: making observations; asking questions scientifically; doing background research; forming (or not forming) a hypothesis; employing a research procedure; gathering data; forming conclusions; and reporting results. "Be a Scientific Sleuth" encourages learners to seek answers to scientific questions about any subject that interests them.
Attention All Other Teachers
Don't fret! Turtle Trackers is a cross-curricular. In addition to physics, environmental science, biology, earth science, and astronomy, the program is especially useful to teachers of language arts, math, and geography. See curriculum connections, below.