Asiatic Black Bears: Conservation in Taiwan

This STEM conservation lesson plan includes real-world data on wild Asiatic black bears in Taiwan collected by Dr. Hwang and her field crew.

  • Free!
  • Targets students in grades 9-12
  • Real-world data
  • Students learn how to use GIS
  • Aligned with Next Generation Standards, Common Core State Standards, and STEM guidelines
  • Virtual Poster Session

By design, this lesson does NOT require teachers or students to know anything about GIS or Asiatic black bears.  The spatial component of this lesson plan is designed for beginner GIS students.

Lesson Synopsis

Using the scientific method, real-world GIS data, and ArcMap GIS software (download for free; look in Teacher Guide for instructions), students map location data for wild bears, create home ranges, graph data, calculate habitat use and selection, interpret findings, and answer conservation questions that have conservation implications for endangered wild bears living in Taiwan.  Students can opt to participate in our Virtual Poster Session as a way to share findings with peers.

Materials for Free Download:

Introductory Video (video above to the right)

Teacher Guide

Student Pages:  Background, Hypotheses, and Predictions

Student Pages: Instructions for Analyses

Student Pages: Questions and Poster Presentations

Data:  ABBGIS Spatial Data (this is a  zipped file)

Data:  Habitat Use and Selection Data

Answer Keys

1) ANSWER KEY to Student Questions (word doc file)

2) ANSWER KEY Habitat Use and Selection (excel file)

Please note:  answer keys are passcode protected and may only be accessible by educators.  If you are an educator and wish to request the passcode, contact Bear Trust:

Project Initiatives

Bear trust focuses on 4 primary project initiatives:

  1. Conservation Education
  2. Bear Research & Management
  3. Habitat Conservation
  4. Conservation Policy

Contact Info

PO Box 10850
Bozeman, MT 59719
Phone: (406) 523-7779