Turtle Habitats Come to Life

At MICDS, we bring education to life— literally! This fall, Lower School students in Christy Moore’s science class witnessed baby turtles hatching from their eggs.

“Over the summer, a box turtle laid eggs at my house,” said Moore. “I cordoned off the area and then waited for 67 days. When I went out to check on the nest, the turtles were hatching.”

Since their hatching, the Lower School has incorporated them into the 1st grade unit on Form and Function, a unit that introduces students to plants and animals, as well as the structures they develop to help them survive. During the unit, students talk about how all our differences help create this “big jigsaw puzzle that fits together.” At the end, the 1st graders use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow and meet their needs.

Currently, the water turtle is in the 50-gallon tank in Moore’s classroom, and the four baby box turtles are in the pen in the Lower School garden—a true exercise in learning about habitats!