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Arctic Wolves

TARGET AUDIENCE
All Ages

PROGRAM LENGTH
45 – 60 minutes

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
How do wolves in the high arctic not only survive but thrive?  Find out what characteristics arctic wolves have that help them live in such a harsh environment and learn how they differ from wolves in other areas of North America.  Using International Wolf Center wolf ambassadors, we will observe and compare wolf characteristics and learn what makes arctic wolves so unique. 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Students will be able to:

  • Define adaptation, camouflage, predator and prey
  • Explain how specific adaptations aid in wolf survival
  • List three specific physical and social adaptations wolves use
  • Compare and contrast wolf and prey adaptations

NATIONAL/COMMON CORE STANDARDS TO WHICH THIS PROGRAM ALIGNS
NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE
As a result of activities, all students should develop understanding of:

  • The characteristics of organisms
  • Life cycles of organisms
  • Organisms and environments

NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE
As a result of their activities, all students should develop understanding of:

  • Structure and function in living systems
  • Regulation and behavior
  • Populations and ecosystems
  • Diversity and adaptations of organisms

NS.K-4.6 and NS.5-8.6 PERSONAL AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES
As a result of activities, all students should develop understanding of:

  • Types of resources
  • Changes in environments
  • Populations, resources, and environments

 

VOCABULARY
Adaptation, Camouflage, Habitat, Predator, Prey

SUGGESTED PRE-PROGRAM PREPARATION

  • Discussions about adaptations and habitat needs before the program are very helpful but not required.
  • Play the “Wolf Jeopardy” game with the class. See section one of the International Wolf Center’s Gray Wolves, Gray Matter curriculum.
  • Brainstorm or visit www.wolf.org to develop questions for instructor.

SUGGESTED POST-PROGRAM FOLLOW UP

  • Do the “Nature’s Stockmarket” or “Wolf Turf” lessons with the class. See sections one and two of the International Wolf Center’s Gray Wolves, Gray Matter.
  • Learn about the close relationship between wolves and moose in Isle Royale National Park by visiting the Web site about the predator and prey research.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN INTERACTIVE VIDEOCONFERENCE PROGRAM WITH THE INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER

All videoconference programs combine real-time observations of the Center’s ambassador wolves with lively discussion, interactive activities, and question and answer time with a wolf expert. Students will observe the wolves behaving naturally in their 1.25 acre wooded enclosure, which may mean the wolves are resting or out of view. International Wolf Center staff will do their best to ensure that the students observe the wolves being active, but we cannot make guarantees.

Teachers, please stay in the classroom with the students during the program. When the instructor poses a question to the students, we ask the teacher to call on a student to answer. Students are encouraged to answer as loudly as possible and speak into a microphone. The teacher may still need to repeat the answer so the Center instructor can hear the student’s response.

Please print out a sheet of paper for each student with a different number. Students can hold up their number when they have a question or answer in the program. This makes calling on students clear and easy. Because audio and video quality can vary greatly during a program, please let the instructor know if you didn’t hear or see something or if you can’t understand what the instructor is talking about.

When we do our art project students break into groups. Students will need the room set up in a way that caters to group work. Please have the room set up ahead of time. During the designing process we ask the teacher to help in two ways. First, break students into five groups and pass out art supplies (see list above). Second, be available for questions. The directions are pretty straight forward, but sometimes certain students may need your assistance.

We encourage questions! We will reserve at least 10 minutes at the end of each program for student questions. Teachers may wish to have the students visit wolf.org before the program to prepare questions. Questions may relate to the program’s theme or may be about wolves in general.

Thanks for your interest in wolves, we are looking forward to the program!