Outdoor ventures: Tracking Eastern Box Turtles

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Catherine E. Matthews, Professor (Creator)
Ann B. Somers, Lecturer (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This project was designed to engage middle-grade students in an authentic task involving the study of an endangered species, the eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina). It emphasizes learning by doing and promotes character growth, teamwork, reflection, and literacy. This article describes the process of coming together under these theories to study a population of eastern box turtles. The project's goals are to: * bring together the middle school, university, and community to educate students about the environment and the importance of stewardship; * integrate math, science, reading, computer literacy, and scientific field techniques in a science classroom and interdisciplinary project; and * produce documents that will provide a model for other schools interested in establishing hands-on science with conservation implications.

Additional Information

Science Scope, 27 (3), 32 – 37.
Language: English
Date: 2003
Box turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina, Science teaching, Classroom activities, Middle schools, Environment, Stewardship

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