9-12 Human Impacts

Human Impacts

The South Carolina Aquarium, in partnership with teachers, has created this online curriculum for teachers to use with their students in the classroom. The curriculum theme for High School is Human Impacts. The activities teach concepts that build on this theme. All activities are based upon South Carolina Science Standards, and each activity contains background information, procedures, materials lists, standards addressed, assessments, curriculum extensions and resource lists. We hope teachers will enjoy this resource!

If you are a teacher planning to bring your students to the Aquarium to participate in our Human Impacts (Sea Turtle Emergency Room) classroom program, we recommend completing the following activities before your visit. Those activities include: A Sea Turtle’s Life, Sea Turtle Diets and Sea Turtle Strandings

Recommended Pre-visit Activity

Students will use a dichotomous key to distinguish between sea turtle species based on external characteristics. Then they will learn the life cycle of a sea turtle by plotting and analyzing navigation data.

Recommended Pre-visit Activity

The students will learn how each species of sea turtle is adapted to eating certain prey items by studying the different shapes of their mouths and their feces. They will understand the impact that marine debris has on sea turtles.

Recommended Pre-visit Activity

The students will learn what it means when an animal strands. They will learn why sea turtles strand by analyzing stranding reports and they will identify natural and human-induced causes of strandings. They will also learn ways they can help protect sea turtles.

Students will discover the science and technology used to research sea turtles by analyzing dive profiles.

Students will run an experiment to look at the threats sea turtles face during the different stages of their lives. They will look at natural threats to sea turtle eggs, hatchlings, juveniles and adults as well as human induced threats. They will also discover some things that they can do to help sea turtle populations.

Students will use real sea turtle data from the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center to create a scientific poster that looks into one of the issues that sea turtles face.

Recommended Post-visit Activity

Students will learn about current patients in the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital. They will also learn ways they can help prevent sea turtle strandings.