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ERIC Number: EJ789670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Outdoor Adventures: Tracking Eastern Box Turtles
Somers, Ann Berry; Matthews, Catherine E.; Bennett, Kristin R.; Seymour, Sarah; Rucker, John
Science Scope, v27 n3 p32-37 Nov-Dec 2003
A thematic and hands-on approach to learning ensures that students develop a deeper understanding and retain information longer. Bouillion and Gomez (2001) argue that real-world problems and school-community partnerships help engage students to connect with school science. When there is a disconnect between the activities of school science and children's own experiences, there are both cognitive and affective consequences. 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. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States