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Wolves in Wildlands

TARGET AUDIENCE
Grades 2 and up

PROGRAM LENGTH
45 – 60 minutes

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
What role do wolves play in their ecosystem? How do they interact and impact the other organisms where they live? Join us for a look at these relationships and discover the importance of wildlands while your students have the opportunity to observe our live ambassador wolves!

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Students will be able to:

  • Define predator, prey and scavenger
  • List three prey species a wolf might eat
  • List three reasons why wolves need wildlands

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

VOCABULARY
producer, consumer, decomposer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, predator, prey, scavenger, ecosystem, habitat, niche, population, food web, energy cycle

SUGGESTED PRE-PROGRAM PREPARATION

  • Discussions of ecosystems, nature’s cycles, habitat needs, ecological niches, photosynthesis before the program are very helpful but not required.
  • Play the “Nature’s Stock Market” 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 “Wolf Turf,” “Island of Gray Wolves,” and/or “Ripple Effect” lessons with the class, see section two of the International Wolf Center’s Gray Wolves, Gray Matter curriculum.
  • Learn about the very close relationship between wolves and moose on Isle Royale National Park by visiting the Web site about the predator/prey research.

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

All videoconference programs with the International Wolf Center combine real-time observations of the Center’s resident pack of ambassador wolves with lively discussion, interactive activities, and question/answer time with a wolf expert. Students will observe the wolves behaving naturally in their 1.25 acre wooded enclosure, which may mean that 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 make no guarantees.

Teachers are asked to remain in the classroom with the students during the program. When the instructor poses a question to the students, we ask that the teacher call on a student to answer. Students are encouraged to answer as loudly as possible into a microphone, but the teacher may still need to repeat the answer so the instructor can hear what the student said.

Because audio and video quality can vary greatly during a program, please let the instructor know if you didn’t hear or understand something or if you can’t see 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 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!