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WOLF RESEARCH PACKAGE VIDEOCONFERENCE
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TARGET AUDIENCE
Grades 4 and up

PROGRAM LENGTH
45 - 60 minutes

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Did you know you can track wolves from your classroom? Join the International Wolf Center staff as we learn how to track animals and use radio telemetry to locate collared wolves in the wild. Then, try your hand at tracking wolves using our Wolf Tracking Kit and analyze the data with a wolf expert. All programs feature real-time observations of the International Wolf Center's ambassador wolves.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Students will be able to:

  • define radio telemetry, territory and dispersal
  • describe how researchers determine wolf pack territory size
  • hypothesize why wolves disperse
  • use a map to estimate the range of wolf pack territory size in Minnesota

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 intraspecific strife

PROGRAM MATERIALS

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 visit archive.wolf.org to develop questions for instructor.

SUGGESTED POST-PROGRAM FOLLOW UP

  • Download wolf data from our Web site and have students work in groups to track activity and observe seasonal patterns between different wolves using the Wolf Tracking Kit map.
  • Complete other activity pages located inside the Wolf Tracking 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.

When we do our mapping activity students will break up 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 mapping process we ask the teacher to help in two ways. First, break students into groups of three or four and pass out mapping 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 archive.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!