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Wolf Research

TARGET AUDIENCE
Grades 4 and up

PROGRAM LENGTH
45 – 60 minutes

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Discover how wolf researchers have learned to track wolves! Join the International Wolf Center staff as we look at the history and methods behind tracking wolves. We will explore the reasons why wolves are tracked, what radio telemetry is and what information is gathered once they are found. What do you think we can learn from them?

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Students will be able to:

  • Define radio telemetry, territory, triangulation and dispersal
  • Describe how researchers determine wolf pack territory size

NATIONAL 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:

  • 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

NS.5-8.1 SCIENCE AS INQUIRY
As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop:

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry

VOCABULARY
Radio telemetry, receiver, radio collar, antenna, territory, dispersal and triangulation

SUGGESTED PRE-PROGRAM PREPARATION

  • Discussions about wildlife near your school, signs different animals leave behind in the wild, ways to track animals and using radio telemetry before the program are very helpful but not required.
  • Brainstorm or browse wolf.org to develop questions for instructor.

SUGGESTED POST-PROGRAM FOLLOW UP

  • Download wolf data from our website and have students work in groups to track activity and observe seasonal patterns between different wolves using the Tracking Wild Wolves Kit map.
  • Complete other activity pages located inside the Tracking Wild Wolves Kit in small groups.
  • 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 THIS INTERACTIVE VIDEOCONFERENCE PROGRAM

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.

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 www.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!