Contributor :

Laurel Maxwell

Action Plan

I will take pictures on the Galapagos, collect postcards, and books which will be relevant to helping students gain a deeper understanding of the Galapagos. I will take notes on the trip to provide students with background information to guide them as they write their “logs.”

Pre-Departure Preparation

After viewing pictures and reading stories about the Galapagos, students will take on the role of an explorer who has stumbled upon the islands. Students will keep a "log" as if they had first discovered the Galapagos. Through writing and drawing students will describe the culture, flora, fauna, and animals found on the islands. They will design and write their own postcards to a family member sharing information about the expedition. Students could include an opinion statement or paragraph (depending on age) recommending the Galapagos as a place to visit.

Preparation During Travel

Find books for young readers on the Galapagos. I will also keep in mind guiding questions to use with students to help them develop their "logs." (After Travel Note: Books I found helpful: Island, A Story of the Galapagos, Jason Chin We're Sailing to the Galapags A Week in the Pacific. Laurie Krebs What Mr. Darwin Saw. Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom Inside the Beagle with Charles Darwin. Fiona Macdonald and Mark Bergin Charles Darwin and the Beagle Adventure. A.J. Wood and Clint Twist)