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        Montana | Activity 10.3: Returning Wolves to Yellowstone National Park

        Students watch the Wolves of Yellowstone video, and learn about the trickle-down effect brought on by returning wolves to Yellowstone. They then create a graphic organizer showing the reasons for returning the wolves, and the results of doing so.

        Lesson Summary

        Students watch the Wolves of Yellowstone video, and learn about the trickle-down effect brought on by returning wolves to Yellowstone. They then create a graphic organizer showing the reasons for returning the wolves, and the results of doing so.

        This lesson is part of "Great States: Unit 10: Modern Montana." This concluding unit will ask students to determine how Montana compares to other states, and how it has become the state it is today.

        Time Allotment

        20 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards:

        3.3: Describe and illustrate ways in which people interact with their physical environment (e.g., land use, location of communities, methods of construction, design of shelters).  

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        Directions

        1. Tell students they will be watching a short video about wolves found in Yellowstone National Park. Explain that wolves were hunted to extermination in Yellowstone because they were seen as a threat to people and livestock in the area. The video explains the vast impact the wolves have had on the entire ecosystem of Yellowstone.
        2. Distribute the Wolves of Yellowstone handout. Have students take notes on the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone.
        3. Play the video: Wolves of Yellowstone | EARTH a New Wild. [5:19]
        4. Ask students: What is a trophic cascade?
        5. Allow another five minutes for students to complete the graphic organizer on the handout.

        Answer Key

        A trophic cascade is when a change in a predator’s patterns causes a trickle-down effect on the rest of the ecosystem.

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