How Baby Sea Turtles Find Their Way Home

Sea turtles return to the beach they were born on more than a decade later to lay eggs. An interesting video explains this phenomenon as part of an extensive playlist covering biology. It describes what scientists know and don't know about this ability. It also connects to conservation efforts to save these adorable turtles.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Consider assigning The View from Saturday as a fiction literature connection for middle school scholars
  • Map the beaches sea turtles use to see the long-term impact of these conservation efforts
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of Earth's magnetic fields and how a compass works
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Includes subtitles in Arabic and English for visual learners
  • Connects science and geography
  • Requires very little class time
Cons
  • None