Friday, December 11, 2015

Exploring Sea Turtles Through Project Based Learning

Last Thursday and Friday, third graders at Deer Valley Elementary culminated their sea turtle immersion PBL with a museum open to family and special guests. The museum showcased student learning through art, writing, and technology. Parents journeyed down the hall filled with ocean decorations. Visitors used QR readers on their phones, viewing technology projects ranging from student created audio recordings to websites. At each end of the hall, students shared the importance of protecting the turtles. By the end of the showcase, they received $800 in donations. This money will be used to protect three shorelines and a nest. What a difference these students have made!

The third grade team met early in the school year to plan their first Project Based Learning experience for their students. During the planning stage, the team discovered they could cover 134 standards immersing their students in sea turtle research. The teachers arranged a virtual field trip through the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and invited a marine biology student to present.

To learn more about this project, be sure to check out the project website below.

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