Planning the Project

You have all worked very hard this afternoon to develop some great guiding questions and a great goal.  Our goal is:  to get Blanding’s turtles off the threatened species list by educating the community about the turtles and their habitats and getting more people to care and be aware of the turtles.

Our questions are:

1. How can we get people to know more about Blanding’s turtles?

2.  How can we help increase the population of Blanding’s turtles?

3.  How does head-starting help the population of turtles?

4.  How can the turtles’ nest be protected from humans and other predators?

5.  How can we alert more people to the danger that the Blanding’s turtles are in so they can be more aware if they see a turtle?

For your homework due on Friday, each table group will tackle one question that corresponds to your table number.  For example, table one takes on question one, table two takes on question two, etc. Please check out the turtle resource page on our home page as well as the earlier post on this page.   Make sure you identify what question you are referring to in your response.  You need to answer the following questions:

a.  What things can we actually work on for this question?  What activities can you see us doing?

b.  What resources do you think we need in order to answer that question?  Resources can be books, internet resources, or people.

c.  What equipment and supplies will we need to answer the question?

d.  What people can we contact to help us with this project?

e.  What other ideas do you have?

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Posted on November 30, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. 2. How can we help increase the population of Blanding’s turtles?
    We can increase the population of the Blanding’s turtle by having threatened turtle saving shelter or a fence to divide the space for the Blanding’s turtle only and only specialists can feed them. I also think that people should put up “turtle nests” sign or “turtles live here do not wreck their property or nature!” signs near turtles nests and where they live.

  2. A. Posters and packets about Blanding’s Turtles saying that they need to be more cared for and that they’re on the threatned species list etc. and we could make them on the computer and ask a person that makes posters to help us.

    B. We would need a computer and maybe someone that specializes in editing on the computer like Ms. Howard.

    C. Computers, paper and markers and pencils.

    D. Ms. Howard or someone like an artist to help with posters or computers.

    E. We could just tell people to tell everyone they know so it could just keep on expanding on and on so almost everyone would know.

  3. Here are my answers to the questions,

    A) The activities I can see us doing are building signs, maybe doing experiments on turtle nests and so.
    B) The resources we would probably be using are books, Internet such as our blogs, turtle experts such as Sally or Dr. Windmiller.
    C) The objects we might have to use are maybe a soil thermometer to check if some places for good nesting areas or maybe some metal to make some signs for turtle crossings.
    D) The people we could contact are turtle experts maybe such as Dr.Windmiller or maybe Sally.
    E) The other ideas I have are to maybe make little boxes for around the turtle nests. We could also do pick up some trash so we can help the turtles and not get them sick.
    Those are my ideas fro the turtles.

    • Sorry! I meant to say we could also pick up some trash and not get the turtles sick and I also meant to say Those are my ideas for the turtles not fro the turtles.
      Sorry!

  4. The question I am answering is: how does
    head-starting increase the population of Blanding’s turtles?

    The answer: head starting increases the population because the main idea of head-starting is to make them bigger and stronger and when they are bigger and stronger they have a better chance of living and reproducing (having babies).

    What activities do you see us doing? I think that we can teach people about head-starting. We could start with our buddies because that’s easier. If we want to teach adults we could start with our parents. Ms. E could have a meeting with them. Next to teach other adults we can invite people to our class so we can teach them. To let people Know that they are invited we can put up posters or signs or give out letters.

    What resources do you think we need in order to answer this question? I think that one of the resources we could use is Google. I think that if we Google “head-starting Blanding’s turtles” it will come up with good websites. I think that we could use Mr. Bryan Windmiller as a supply and equipment do you think we will need to answer this question? To answer the question you will probably need a computer.
    What people can we contact to help us with this project? One of the people we can contact is Mr. Windmiller or any marine biologist.

    What other ideas do you have? Another idea I have about head-starting Blanding’s turtles is that we can head-start more Blanding’s turtles in our classroom.

  5. My question is-How can we get more people to know more about Blandings Turtles?

    A-For this question we can make some posters that say to help blandings turtles ect.Or we can also make a new blog about blandings turtle saying to help them and that they’re on the threatened spicies list ect.

    B-I think the resourses we should use are either books or internet sites.

    C-The equipment and supplies we need are a computer,a few books and a piece of paper.

    D-The poeple we will need to contact when doing this project are Mr.Windmiller and maybe some other people that work for wildlife such as a zoo that keeps blandings turtles.

    E-My other ideas are we could make a online sight talking about blandings turtles or we could make some Imovies and post them on the internet.

  6. A) What things can we actually work on for this question? What activities can you see us doing?
    The activities that we could do are things like:

    * making posters
    * creating packets

    and other things of the sort.

    B) What resources do you think we need in order to answer that question? Resources can be books, internet resources, or people.
    We would need resources such as books and computers on websites that teach you about how other places help the Blanding’s turtles and how to make these items in part A. We could also use some help from experts like Dr. Windmiller.

    C) What equipment and supplies will we need to answer the question?
    We will probably need books, the right websites (although we have a bunch of those like Mass Wildlife Info on Why Turtles are Threatened), and maybe some metal for signs that say stuff like “turtle crossing” or similar ideas.

    D) What people can we contact to help us with this project?
    We could contact experts like Dr. Windmiller or Sally to help us and we can’t just put drawings and written signs up on telephone poles, so we would need someone for that. And I don’t think we should contact them, but we could sure use help from random drivers who drive by turtle crossings by not hitting any turtles.

    E) What other ideas do you have?
    We could teach other people about what a Blanding’s turtle nest looks like so if they see one they can tell someone who can put something around it so the eggs will be safe.

    Hope you like my ideas!

  7. My question is:- How does head-starting help the population of turtles?
    A few things we could work on are
    • General assembly to inform students about head starting in the auditorium
    • Parent meeting in our room
    • Talking to our buddies about head starting

    A few resources are
    • Dr.Windmiller
    • Sally
    • Other Blandings turtle expert
    • Computer
    Other ideas are
    • Have more head starting programs
    • Have grades from 2nd grade thru-5th grade participate

  8. I am working on question 4. how can the turtles nest be protected by humans and other predators.a. What we can work on is like if you find a turtles nest you could put a sign up like you do with plants some times.b. I think some of the resources we could use are Dr.Windmiller books and websites about this topic.c. I think some of the equipment we could use is like some kind of cage to put around it to alert people and other predators.d. I think one person we should contact is Dr.Windmiller or maybe someone else.e. One of my ideas is like hire someone to make a sign that will alert drivers to be careful while driving there because Blandings turtles cross roads 3-6 times in a year.

  9. The question I am answering is:-
    How can we get more people to know about Blanding’s
    turtles?
    The answer-
    a)We could make some newspapers or make an advertisement saying Save the Blanding’s turtles!

    b)We would need resources such as internet and people.

    c)I think we would need computer,ink,printer,press,
    and paper.

    d)We could contact with Mrs.Howard and other computer experts.

    e)My other ideas are that we could make blogs and posters and small movies which would talk about
    Blanding’s turtles.

  10. HOW DOES HEAD-STARTING INCREASE THE POPULATION OF BLANDING’S TURTLES?

    a. What activities do you see us doing?

    1. I want to experiment to see how the turtles react to different food.
    2. I want to see how the turtles react to a sudden drop of water temperature.

    b. What resources do you think we need in order to answer this question?

    1. A computer
    2. Books

    c. What supplies and equipment do you think we will need to answer this question?

    1. A computer
    2. Books

    d. What people can we contact to help us with this project?

    1. Mr. Windmiller
    2. Any marine biologist.
    3. A high school class that’s also head-starting a Blanding’s turtle
    4. A turtle refuge
    5. Someone that has a turtle nest on their property
    6. Someone that works at a turtle recovery site

    e. What other ideas do you have?
    1. We can head-start more Blanding’s turtles is our classroom

  11. My question is how does head-starting the turtles increase the population?

    Some activities I could see us doing are:
    ~ We could experiment and see if the turtles eat more in ht or cold water.
    ~ We could try to feed them other things like worms and see if they eat more than when they ate pellet.
    ~ We could look at the at the chart of what they weighed eating and then we could feed them something different and see if that increases their weight.

    Some resources we could use to get more info are:
    ~ We could look at some of the websites that we have been looking at to research in the other blogs.
    ~ We could look at our turtle talk notes and could use some of the things that Dr. Windmiller said.
    ~ We could look in books

    Some equipment and supplies we could use to answer the question are:
    ~ We could look in books
    ~ We could look at some turtle websites
    ~ We could look in our turtle journals

    Some people we can contact are:
    ~ Dr. Windmiller
    ~ Some other people that are head-starting turtles like at the Willard school
    ~ People that have seec Blandings turtles outside of G.M.W.R.
    ~ Other people that have been reading our blogs abourt Yertle and Bowser and think that they like the idea of head-starting them.

    Some other ideas that I have are:
    ~ We could ask Dr. Windmiller and other people that have seen Blandings turtles that have not been head-started and try to gen a since of what their behaviors re and compare them to ow Yertle and Bower’s behaviors are.

  12. The question that I am answering is:
    #5 How can we alert more people to the danger that the Blanding’s turtles are in so they can be more aware if they see a turtle?

    A.What things can we actually work on for this question? What activities can you see us doing?
    I think we should alert more people to the danger that Blanding’s turtles are in by:
    Handing out information packets about why we’re helping them, fun facts about Blanding’s turtles in general,how to identify a Blanding’s turtle,and what to do if you see a Blanding’s turtle. I think we should hand these packets out at common places like grocery stores, the local library, convenient stores, and any other places where people visit a lot.

    B. What resources do you think we need in order to answer that question?
    I think the resources that we need are:
    Dr.Windmiller and other people who are like him. We need them because they no a lot more about the Blanding’s turtles than we do.They can help us because the more we understand the Blanding’s turtles the more we can help them.

    C.What equipment and supplies will we need to answer the question?
    The equipment and supplies that we will need are:
    Paper. We need paper because if we are going to hand out information packets we want them to be made out of paper.

    D. What people can we contact to help us with this project?We could contact the people at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and they could give us even more information about the Blanding’s turtles and how they protect them.

    E. What other ideas do you have?
    Other ideas that I have are:
    Have towns provide money for more turtle crossing signs. This will help the public become more aware of turtle nesting areas. Another idea is to rope off parts of beaches or other areas where turtles nest. By roping off these areas it will provide turtles a safe place to lay their eggs.

  13. My question is how can we alert people to the danger Blanding’s turtles are in, so that they can be more careful if they see one.

    A. We can work on getting people to know about Blanding’s turtles by making road signs (like Turtle Crossing signs), putting info on environmental blogs, talk to people who work for the town of Concord, and have people who know about them spread the word.

    B. We need environmental blogs and people who know a lot about Blanding’s turtles.

    C. We’ll need computers and money to make signs.

    D. We will need people who know about Blanding’s turtles to help tell other people about the Blanding’s turtles. We will also need volunteers to work on spreading the word to help people be more careful if they see a Blanding’s turtle.

    E. We’ll need permission from the mayor or selectmen of Concord to make the Turtle Crossing signs.

  14. The question I working on is how can we help the population of Blanding’s Turtles?

    An activity we could do for this question is research where Blanding’s Turtles predators are so we can try to protect Blanding’s Turtles better there.

    Resources we would need are; 1. We would need books and the internet to tell us where Blanding’s Turtles predators are. 2. We would need a person like Doctor WindMiller who could protect the nests with fences. A person like Doctor WindMiller would know how to find the nests also which would also help us.

    Supplies we would need include; 1.We would need a fence to keep the nests safe. 2.We would need note books to be organized.

    People we would have to contact are; 1.Doctor Windmiller because he can give us information and help protect the nests of the Blanding’s Turtles. 2.An environmental person from either the state or the town to get permission to do the project.

    Other ideas I have are: 1. Teaching people about Blanding’s Turtles so they will be more aware of them. 2.Get more head starting programs to increase the population. 3.Try to make nests either colder or warmer depending on which gender the Blanding’s Turtle population need more.

  15. My Question is How can we alert more people to the danger that the Blanding’s turtles are in so people can be more aware is they see a turtle?
    What things can you see us working on for this project?
    A) I can see us doing some posters and packets on the information of Blanding’s turtles and sending them out to people.
    What resources do you think we need in order to answer that question?
    B) The resources that we might need to use are maybe books, some internet sites maybe even this blog to give us ideas for D.P.C. ( Disney Planet Challenge)
    What equipment and supplies will we need to answer the question?
    C) The equipment and supplies we will need are computers for the internet, books from a library in schools or in town.
    What people can we contact to help us with this project?
    D) The people we can contact are Dr.Windmiller or Sally. They are turtle experts, so they can help us chose what we can do for D.P.C.
    What other ideas do you have?
    E) The other ideas I have are to make a new blog and it should show turtles and the jar of dead turtles that Dr.Windmiller showed us today and have people comment on it to say if they can help us save the turtles. But I definitely agree on what EC20 said about having a couple of turtle nights were we would show some turtles and talk about how to save the turtles so other people can do what we have been doing since September.
    I hope you liked my ideas.

  16. QUESTION #4

    A.) I think that nests can be protected by teaching people of the danger that the turtles are in so that they won’t hurt the nests. If I have to be honest I don’t know what we could do for the predators except head- start them until they are strong enough to live on their own. We could do this by making a head starting program where the turtles can stay and have people take care of them.
    B.) The biggest resource would probably be Dr. Windmiller or we could find things on the computer.
    C.) We will need a presentation on the danger that the turtles are in to show people, and a building for head- starting the turtles.
    D.) The people we can contact would be people that work at Great Meadows, or people that have the same job as Dr. Windmiller.
    E.) The only other idea I have is to make turtle crossing signs.

  17. My question that I am answering is: how can we get more people to learn about the Blanding’s turtles?

    A) We could go to the application Pages and make posters. We would need to find a printer to print it nicely. We could then put them up around town and maybe in the school, also. Hopefully people would see them and learn about Blanding’s turtles. We already have a blog – this one. We could email all of the parents in the school about this blog and maybe they might find some info on this.

    B) We would need Dr. Windmiller, books, internet webpages, and turtles. We could also have other people studying Blanding’s turtles. As for the internet resources, Mrs. E has a really big collection in Turtle Resources. We should definitely use those.

    C) We would need paper, a computer, a nice printer, and places to put the posters (or what ever we make, a newsletter, a poster, a brochure).

    D) We can contact Dr. Windmiller, or other people studying Blanding’s turtles.

    E) I like EC20’s idea about having a turtle night, I really think we should do that.

  18. The question I am doing is how does head starting help the population of turtles?

    Head starting helps the population of Blanding’s turtles because people take turtles and take care of them for one or two years and then let them go. By the time they let them go they will be strong enough to take care of themselves they will also have a hard enough shell so predators will have a hard time eating them.

    I think we should help people head start more turtles by doing research about Blanding’s turtles and writing books on head starting turtles. Then we go on a fieldtrip and give them out for free. For example in the book we can include stuff like what to do when you see a turtle nest. We can also contact Dr. Windmiller for some information on Blanding’s turtles.

  19. The question I am answering is #2 How can we help increase the population of Blanding’s turtles’?
    A) We can increase the population of Blanding’s by moving Blanding’s turtles to places where they can survive and where beavers live so that the beavers will create a habitat that the turtles will like. When beavers build dams it creates a great cover for Blanding’s turtles where the turtles can catch food and hide from predators.
    B) We might need a website that tells us where beavers are and we can figure out if that place will be suitable for Blanding’s turtles or not, or a book that will give us that information. If those things don’t exist maybe we would have to look for beaver dams on our in the Concord area.
    C) Instead of moving turtles that live in the wild, we could use the ones we head started ourselves. In the spring, we will probably need a school bus to take the us and the turtles to a safe area to let them out.
    D) The people we would need to contact are Dr.Windmiller and our principal to have permission.
    E) My other ideas are to get a website talking about head starting and everything else we have on our blogs and what we’ve talked about in class.
    I hoped you learned something and help the Blanding’s turtles too!

  20. I am on group #2 How can we help increase the population of Blanding’s turtles.

    A. We are doing the DPC Challenge Base Learning. Making signs on computers and give them to professionals so they would make them into real signs.

    B.We could have Internet Explorer and go on sites and maybe books are a brilliant idea we could go to the local libraries and check out books and stuff.

    C. Maybe we could go on computers and make websites and people could see them.

    D.Dr.Windmiller will give us ideas.

    E. Maybe we could make a found raiser and earn money to buy stuff to help us do this project.

  21. EC 17

    The question I am working on is how can turtle nests be protected from humans and other predators.

    a. After we get permission, we can actually build a fence around an area that has the Blanding turtles’ nest while they are hatching. Then once hatched you can take the fence down and save for the next year.

    b. We can contact people who work with turtles, like Dr Windmiller, and ask how he protects the Blanding’s turtles. We can also go on the Blanding turtle internet and see if they have anything to help inform people on how to protect the turtles.

    c. The equipment and supplies needed is probably 4 sturdy small posts, orange construction fence or wire mesh fence and tools such as a hammer and staple gun to make the fence go together,

    d. The people we can contact are Dr. Windmiller and the people who own the land where the turtle’s are nesting and where the fence is going to be built. May also need to their local wildlife person.

    e. If you see a turtle crossing the road try to see if you can help it cross the road so it doesn’t get hit. You should not do this on a busy road.

  22. My question was: How can we increase the population of Blanding’s turtles?

    A. what things can we actually work on for this question? What activities can you see us doing?
    I could see us putting up signs to tell people to head-start Blanding’s turtles. We could get a grant for the posters and signs.

    B. What resources do you think we need in order to answer that question?
    I big resource for increasing the population of the turtles is other teachers from schools to head-start Blanding’s turtles.

    C. What equipment and supplies will we need to answer the question?
    We will need fences to make it so that predator can’t eat them when there hatching.
    And paper so we can write everything down.

    D. Dr. Windmiller could give us info about increasing Blanding’s turtles population. And people just like him to give us more info if Dr. Windmiller missed something.

    E. We could definitely get more teachers to head-start Blanding’s turtles. And also some other way then the posters to tell drivers on the road to be more careful.

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