Gray Wolves in the Northern Rockies

How do you create a balanced, unbiased lesson plan about wolves?  Invite pro-wolf, anti-wolf, and science stakeholders to the table.  That’s exactly what we did for this lesson plan! 

Lesson Synopsis:  After watching the Introductory Video that provides ecological and historical background about wolf conservation, students use real-world data to evaluate whether gray wolves in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming have met Recovery Criteria. Using GIS data, free GIS software, and our GIS Tutorial, students map the locations of gray wolf packs throughout the Northern Rocky Mountains to evaluate the degree to which gray wolves have expanded geographically.  Students also learn about the different stakeholders involved with wolf conservation.  As a capstone activity, student groups share findings with their peers and participate in a mock stakeholder meeting.

  • Free!
  • STEM
  • Targets youth in grades 9-12
  • Real-world data
  • Teachers don’t need to know anything about wolves or GIS
  • Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards

DOWNLOAD LESSON MATERIALS

TEACHER MATERIALS:
Teacher Guide
ANSWER KEYS:
ANSWER KEY: Questions about Excel Data
ANSWER KEY: Excel Data with Graphs
ANSWER KEY: Questions about GIS Data

*Answer keys will be passcode protected.  Until they are passcode protected, please contact Melissa (melissa@beartrust.org) directly to request the Answer Keys.  We’ll send them to you via email.  When you contact Melissa, please use your school email so we can verify that you are a teacher.  We don’t provide Answer Keys to students.  Thanks!

STUDENT MATERIALS for INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES:
Student Pages: DEFINITIONS
Student Pages: INSTRUCTIONS for analyzing Excel Data
Student Pages: QUESTIONS about Excel Data
Student Pages: INSTRUCTIONS for GIS Data
Student Pages: QUESTIONS about GIS Data

Excel Data File
GIS Data File

STUDENT MATERIALS FOR STAKEHOLDER MEETING ACTIVITY:
HUNTER STAKEHOLDER
Stakeholder Activity Instructions_Hunter
Hunter Stakeholder Folder

WILDERNESS ADVOCATE STAKEHOLDER
Stakeholder Activity Instructions_Wilderness Advocate
Wilderness Advocate Stakeholder Folder

WOLF WATCHER STAKEHOLDER
Stakeholder Activity Instructions_Wolf Watching Ecotourism
Wolf Watcher Stakeholder Folder

NATIVE AMERICAN STAKEHOLDER
Stakeholder Activity Instructions_Native American
Native American Stakeholder Folder

RANCHER STAKEHOLDER
Stakeholder Activity Instructions_Rancher
Rancher Stakeholder Folder

WILDLIFE MANAGER/SCIENCE STAKEHOLDER
Stakeholder Activity Instructions_Wildlife Manager/Science
Wildlife Manager/Science Stakeholder Folder

Wildlife Manager/Science Stakeholder Videos:
Movie #1: Wolves in MT

Movie #2: Wolf Hunting Season

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 4006
Missoula, MT 59806
Phone: (406) 523-7779
info@beartrust.org