Turtle Girlsby: Charles Nelson and Jennifer Ponder

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The day the Turtle Girls received Montel’s adoption papers, piercing screams ricocheted across the school grounds instantaneously and simultaneously—in that moment, each student felt the joy of civic stewardship. Read on find out how a visit to The Turtle Hospital inspired a group of elementary students to create a club devoted to supporting sea turtles.

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  • on Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:46 PM

This is a great article that explores how a single field trip can lead students to civic involvement activities. For this group it was a visit to a turtle hospital. What makes this article so good is that it provides a framework for a teacher to start the process of civic involvement for their students by providing websites and a design to start the process. The ethics of civic involvement for the greater good is something that is not always stressed in a curriculum and combining this with helping animals can be a lifetime learning experience for students.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue May 31, 2011 10:52 AM

This is an outstanding article that details a group of 6th grade girls who piloted an effort to support an injured sea turtle. I really appreciated how their teacher created and fostered an educational environment that incorporated community involvement with public education. This is an inspiring article!

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

  • on Thu May 19, 2011 9:45 AM

Sixth grade teacher Charles Nelson discusses the week long field trip taken with a group of students to the Florida Keys. There they visit the Turtle Hospital in Marathon Key and learn of many turtles plight from the ravages of interaction with boats and humans. Touched by this experience , several of his students develop a project to adopt a turtle. This article can be a springboard for educators to look at the blight of wildlife in their own area and ways their students can reach out and help through service learning.

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

  • on Thu May 02, 2013 4:50 PM

I think this article was a good informative article. It provided a great example of how to teach students about endangered animals and how to possible go about creating a group or a club that can try to "save" these animals. Make learning fun!


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