Read the article ďSea turtles by the
hundreds washing up at Cape CodĒ on
page A3 of the Saturday, December 13, 2014 edition of The Seattle Times.
Pre-reading and Vocabulary: Define each term and then use it in a
sentence to demonstrate your understanding.
1.Why do young sea turtles leave warm seas and what problems may
arise when they stay too long?
2.How many different types of sea turtles are endangered?
3.Which species of sea turtle has been found recently in the most
abundance by volunteers on Cape Cod?
4.What is the age and size of the turtles being stranded?
5.Why are volunteers struggling to save the turtles?
6.Once turtles are brought to an aquarium how are they treated?
7.How are turtles being transported to warmer waters this year?
8.What might be some possible reasons for the rise in the number of
turtles stranded in recent years?
9.What conservation efforts have been utilized to help save the
Kempís ridley turtle?
Prompts and Extensions
1.The Kempís ridley sea turtle is the species of sea turtle that has
been showing up stranded in the largest numbers on the beaches of Cape Cod.
Complete outside research to learn more about the Kempís ridley. In your
report include information about the turtleís diet, habitat, geographic range,
life cycle and more. Start your research
2.Watch these videos about the Kempís ridley sea turtle. This
video contains information about the
recent strandings. This video contains information about recent
conservation efforts to help increase Kempís ridley sea turtle numbers.
3.Construct a food web of the Kempís ridley sea turtle. Use the
information provided in the article as well as outside research.
4.Visit a local aquarium to get up close and personal with marine
Program Content for December 10, 2014
Read the article ďProgress in hunt for
blood test to diagnose concussionsĒ on page A6 of the Monday, December 8,
2014 edition of The Seattle Times.
Pre-reading and Vocabulary:
Define each term and then use it in a sentence to demonstrate your
1.What type of blood test have researchers been searching decades
2.What is SNTF and how is it related to concussions?
3.What is a concussion and what is it caused by?
4.How quickly do people suffering a concussion recover?
5.What is the current problem with concussion tests?
6.How is SNTF related to troponin?
7.Explain how SNTF can be used to detect concussions.
8.What results did a new study completed in Sweden reveal about SNTF
9.What is the next step that researchers will take when studying SNTF
10.Why is it important for researchers to develop a reliable
Prompts and Extensions
1.One of the main reasons the discovery of elevated levels of SNTF
protein following a concussion is important is because there is currently no
100% guaranteed way to determine whether or not a person has suffered from a
concussion. Complete outside research and then report on the procedure utilized
by doctors to determine whether or not someone has had a concussion. Next,
compare the pros and cons of using the methods you researched and the SNTF
2.The National Football League (NFL) has recently come under scrutiny
due to the fact that many of its retired players have suffered lasting brain
injury after they have stopped playing football. View this PBS
video segment and then visit this
website to track and learn more about the
concussion problem in the NFL.
3.Now that a scientific link between concussions and their negative,
long-term, effects on the brain has been established; a debate is being carried
out on contact sports. A part of this debate centers on whether or not children
and teens should be allowed to participate in these sports. Hold a class
discussion about the pros and cons of no longer allowing young people to
participate in sports where the chances of suffering a concussion may be
elevated. Note: The completion of prompts 1 and 2 above are highly recommended
before a class discussion is held.
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