Wolves: A Pack of Investigations

SEEK Updated
10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Field Trip/Tour
Resource Person
Speaker
Abstract: 

This Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge fieldtrip includes a hike along a trail that is known for grey wolf sightings and signs. Student will learn how the wolf population has changed over time in Minnesota. Through several activity stations student learn the unique characteristics of wolves and feeding habitats. An educational video of wolves and wolf behavior is available. The visitor center includes hands-on exhibits of the species and habitat native to the area, including a wolf for close up viewing. Designed for 5th grade, could be modified for 4th or 6th grade. Conducted in Fall only.

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ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Trophic Level
Habitat
Population
Family and Kinship

SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3 - 5
B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.
B- 2 Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched, or misconnected.

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MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:

5.IV.E. Biological Populations Change Over Time, The student will know that biological populations change over time.
1. The student will recognize that individuals of the same species differ in their characteristics and that sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.
2. The student will recognize that extinction of a species occurs when the environment changes and the adaptive characteristics of a species are insufficient to allow its survival.
5.IV.F. Flow of Matter and Energy, The student will know that matter and energy flow into, out of, and within a biological system.
1. The student will recognize that organisms need energy to stay alive and grow, and that this energy originates from the sun.
2. The student will use food webs to describe the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem in Minnesota.
5.I.C.The student will recognize that science and technology involve different kinds of work and engages men and women of all backgrounds.
1. The student will describe different kinds of work done in science and technology.
2. The student will identify men and women of various backgrounds and ages who have been involved in science and technology, both past and present.

MINNESOTA HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Grade 4, 5 -II. Minnesota History. B. Contact and Fur Trade 1600 - 1810. The student will demonstrate knowledge of early explorers and fur traders in Minnesota and the impact of the fur trade on both European and Native societies.

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NI5
Posted by Natural Innovations

Author: 
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
Topic Areas: 
Wildlife
Population
Food Chain
Habitat
Target Audience: 
Grades Pre K-6
Grades 7-9
Geographic Location: 
Northwest
Fee: 
No
Library loan: 
No
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
Yes
Season: 
Fall
Contact(s) or order information.: 

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
35704 County Hwy 26, Rochert, MN 56578
PH. 218/847-2641
tamarac@fws.gov

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