All the Single Ladies

ENVIRONMENT At the Pacific Ocean’s largest green sea turtle rookery, a crisis is unfolding—up to 99% of the turtles are female. (National Geographic) Download and print your own coloring page of a sea turtle. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The groundbreaking new study examines the sex ratio of a large population of green sea … Continue reading All the Single Ladies

Can President Obama (with the help of TED) Save Sea Turtles?

You bet he can. Who is TED, you ask? Well, TED is not a person but a nifty device invented to help save sea turtles from getting caught in shrimping nets and drowning. TED stands for turtle excluder device and it is probably one of sea turtles’ best friends in the world. Turtle excluder devices are specialized metal grates inserted in trawl nets that allow … Continue reading Can President Obama (with the help of TED) Save Sea Turtles?

Educator Spotlight: Tracking Leatherback Sea Turtles

Jessica Lura is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at Bullis Charter School in Los Altos, California. A National Board Certified Teacher and Google Certified Innovator, she has taught both elementary and middle school. Activity: Tracking Leatherback Sea Turtles Grade Level: 3rd grade Activity Length: Two 1-hour class periods Subjects: social studies, science, math The pictures of leatherback sea turtles in this video were created by … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Tracking Leatherback Sea Turtles

World’s First ‘Glowing’ Reptile!

SCIENCE Scientists diving recently near the Solomon Islands made an illuminating discovery: The first biofluorescent sea turtle ever recorded. (Nat Geo News) Learn how animals get that certain glow with our explainer on bioluminescence. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Researchers describe “biofluorescence” in the hawksbill sea turtle, but our … Continue reading World’s First ‘Glowing’ Reptile!

Media Monday: Fun Ways to Learn More About Animals

As National Geographic Kids‘ Funniest Pet Contest comes to a close (enter your pet by July 31!), my mind is on animals! It’s fun to have a pet, but what if you don’t have one? Or what about if you’re interested in learning about animals that you can’t keep as pets or animals that live far away from you? It’s really fun to learn about animals. They are so … Continue reading Media Monday: Fun Ways to Learn More About Animals