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Digital Projects

Use topics raised in the game and images in the Gallery (pictures and coloring pages) to trigger further exporation and creative activities.

Below are some suggestions:

Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling can be any combination of images, voice recording, video, music, and sounds to tell stories.  For a simple story, choose images from the gallery provided and develop a storyboard to tell a story that has a particular point of view or tells about events in the life of any of the characters.  Completed stories can be used for student assessment or put in their portfolio.  The length of the story can vary widely and the images combined in many different ways, so students can:

* Create new stories

* Show what they have learned after playing the games

* Explain what people can do to help sea turtles

* Share their stories with peers and parents

tourists trash in the ocean turtle swimming scared whelk tourists

“How does trash end up in the ocean?  By careless people! Marine debris can be a danger to sea life.  Practice good beach and boat manners. Keep trash out of the ocean!”

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Posters

Use the images in the Gallery (pictures and coloring pages) to create your own posters with new messages.
Here are two examples:

Poster with an image of trash in the ocean

Trash that people dropped in the ocean

Trash that tourists often leave behind

 

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Create your own PSA (Public Service Announcements)

Use the images in the Gallery (pictures and coloring pages) to create stories or posters to teach:

* Good beach manners

* How an ocean food chain works

* What people can do to help sea turtles successfully nest and hatch

* What actions can people take to help sea turtles in the ocean

* How fishermen use turtle excluder devices (TEDs) to avoid catching turtles

tourists don't feed the animals sign tourist looking through binoculars don't remove anything native to the beach don't let dog into protected turtles area

Disscussions

politician's Dilemma

Politician's Dilemma (Click on the image for large versions)

Use the images from the Gallery (pictures and coloring pages) to start discussions about ocean and coastal issues.

Sample topics:

* Use the puzzle image to discuss the complexity of decision making in real life, passing laws, and balancing stakeholder needs.
For more information go to the For Educators section.

* Use the beach trash image to discuss students’ past experiences at the beach and what they can do in the future to be good beach ambassadors.

* Predator-prey relationships shown in the food chain.

* The importance of correct fishing gear (for commercial fishermen) to avoid catching sea turtles.

tousrists and a lot of trash on the beach trash in the ocean

Trash on the beach and in the water

* The life history of loggerhead sea turtles – Where do they spend most of their time?  Where do they nest? What do they eat?

* What are the threats to sea turtles on land and in the ocean? How can we help to increase sea turtle survival and nesting success?

Movies

Use the images (pictures and coloring pages) to create a movie on topics such as the ones in the Discussion section above. There are free movie-making applications available for Mac and PC platforms.

Basic Procedure:
1. Add the images of your choice to the movie frames.
2. Enhance with effects that the movie package provide for transitions and timing.
3. Add music, or your own sound, and your movie is DONE!

Example: How clams filter plankton for food. Go to Gallery: Pictures to choose your images, so the movie may look as follows:

under the water scene plankton clam sees the plankton clam consumes the plankton clam lets the water out whelk has spotted the clam

whelk ate the clam whelk suspects danger whelk is afraid turtle ate the whelk

Various Media Projects

There are various media projects and products that can be produced with association to the topics raised in the game:

Multimedia presentations, newsletters, coloring books, podcasts, etc.

Below are some suggestions and ideas.

Design a Multimedia Presentation

Use video cameras, computer images, posters and other props to tell a story, highlight an event, or create a newscast.  Put all of the components together and videotape the entire story to share.
Here are a few ideas:

* Give a tour of sea turtle habitats and life history.

* Create a “moment in history” with interviews, eyewitness accounts, and background information using some of the images from the gallery.

* Develop a mini-lesson about fishing gear, including turtle excluder devices (TEDs).

* Research your local connections to the ocean. How can you be part of the solution?

* Create an documentary about the problem of marine debris.

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Create a Newsletter

Use stories, images, and headlines to create a newsletter about natural areas, wildlife, or issues. These can be used at parent night, showcase work in student portfolios, or serve as an assessment of student learning.  Newsletters work well as group projects or as individual special assignments. Here is an example of a professionally made sample newsletter. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/education/kids_times_turtle_loggerhead.pdf.

Topic Ideas:


Sanctuary Sentinel

NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries serve as the trustee for the nation's system of marine sanctuaries, to conserve, protect, and enhance their biodiversity, ecological integrity, and cultural legacy. The National Marine Sanctuary System consists of 14 marine protected areas that encompass more than 150,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington State to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The system includes 13 national marine sanctuaries and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. Pick one Sanctuary and collect information to create a unique newsletter.  http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/welcome.html

Estuary Examiner

An estuary begins where fresh river water flows into coastal bays and inlets. These areas of transition between the land and the sea are driven by tides, like the sea, but sheltered from the full force of ocean wind and waves, like a river. Twenty-seven estuarine reserve sites make up NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). These sites are located in U.S coastal states. Learn more about one that is close to you at http://www.estuaries.gov or http://www.nerrs.noaa.gov/ and create a newsletter about it.  

Fish Eye View

What fish species are important to humans for food?  Where do they live?  What do they eat? Or through interviews with local fishermen and others in fishing-related industries, explore the connection between fisheries, the marine environment, their communities, and their own lives. http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/lfkproject/

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Career Chronicle

Find out about ocean careers and select one to report about. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/education/careers.htm

Ocean Etiquette News

Anyone who visits, works, or plays in the marine environment and those who visit remotely (i.e. the Internet and aquariums) have an opportunity to make a difference in protecting the ocean. Find out more about minimizing impacts to marine life and habitats. http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/protect/oceanetiquette.html

Create a Sea Turtle coloring book

worried turtle

A worried turtle

Use the blank images in the Gallery's Coloring Pages section to create a booklet for young students and then ask them to tell you about what they see in the picture or to create a story about it.  

Picuture colored by a 4-year-old who explained,

“This is a worried turtle. She is a girl because she has eyelashes. She is swimming to her babies. I like that picture.”

 


dog chases turtle

A dog chases a turtle

“The bird is worried.  The turtle doesn’t want the dog to chase him. The dog is chasing the turtle because he like him. The turtle is saying ‘Hey, stop it!’ The dog should stop.”

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