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Writing letters is a very important tool to inform governments of the public’s concern for endangered species protection. Letters can be the culmination of several lessons from diverse areas. Students first need to learn why it is important to save endangered species. Use the preceding information about turtle natural history, their biology, and the threats to their survival in your lessons. You can discuss where sea turtles nest and their migration patterns using the enclosed migration map for reference.
By writing to the President of the United States, the Governor of Florida, Walton County Commissioners, and or any other elected official, students can learn the workings of the government, and how, in a democracy, opinions can be voiced. Students will also learn the proper way to write a formal letter. Writing to government officials is a “real world” writing assignment and students often receive a reply.
An example of how powerful letters from students can be is the Earth Island Institute International Marine Mammal Project’s campaign to make tuna “dolphin-safe”. Thousands of students wrote to tuna companies expressing their anger over the dolphin kills. Tuna companies felt this pressure and have changed their practices. We can make a difference!
Writing an article for the school newspaper can
If your school does not have a newspaper, your
Along with the science, geography, writing, and art,
Students may want to share what they have learned
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Students could design ads, posters, or flyers on the sea turtle issue. These can be used as outreach tools to the rest of the school. These could be hung in the halls or the school cafeteria. Students might want to write a page to accompany their poster to explain what is happening with the sea turtles and what can be done to save them.
On a larger scale, your entire school could organize an “Earth Day”, Oceans Week”, or “Protect Our Environment” fair. These fairs are a great way for entire schools to participate in information-intensive festivals, which highlight a variety of environmental issues, from sea turtles to the ozone layer. Each class could be responsible for a different topic and for presenting their topic to the rest of the school. The presentations could include art and story contests, songs, pictures, demonstrations, T-shirt contests, and slide shows.
Last Updated: 3/06