Up Close and Personal
This week, we will be traveling to the New England Aquarium to observe Yertle and Bowser’s Laparoscopies as well as observe other creatures in their habitats.
Most tanks in the Aquarium represent specific habitats. Each habitat is home to a unique array of plants and animals. Making careful observations is one way
Scientist learns more about animals. By spending more time and focusing more closely on what is going on in individual tanks and with individual animals you can observe and learn a lot about the animal and it’s surroundings.
So to get ready to go on Wednesday, we’ll do an observation of our Blanding’s turtle teachers. Watch the video and then incorporate the following questions into a creative non-fiction piece. You should write this in the first person voice (aka become one of the turtles)
1. What do the turtles look like? Make careful observations of the color, lines, spots, stripes, or other markings. Be very detailed when discussing their eyes, neck, feet, and mouth as well as the rest of the turtle. What adaptations do the Blanding’s turtles have to help them survive in the world?
2. What are Bowser and Yertle doing in all parts of the movie (Yertle is featured first)? Do the turtles move around or do they stayin the same place? Where is it spending most of its time? Why do you think so?
3. Describe the type of place where Yertle and Bowser live. Is there anyplace to hide? Is there anyplace to hold onto? Are there any rocks or sand? Are there any plants or other living things?
This post is due on Wednesday. It should be written in paragraphs. You should edit carefully for spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. You should also use proper vocabulary associated with turtles.