Middle school – Grade 7
One or two classes
The grey wolf may be the next “Canary in the Coal Mine” for climate change.
Under the Theme of Interaction, students relate effects of climate change to the habitat and patterns of the grey wolf.
The Ontario Curriculum: History and Geography, Grades Seven and Eight
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- describe the habitat and range of the grey wolf populations of North America
- explain adaptations of the wolves to their habitat and ecosystem.
- relate climate change to the impact of the grey wolves on their territories and ecosystems.
1a. Look at the map “Range of the Grey Wolf” on the Return to the Wild web site. Describe the regions of North America where Grey Wolves live.
1b. What is a “habitat”?
1c. What type of habitat do Grey Wolves need?
2a. What food does the Grey Wolf usually eat?
2b. Why do Wolves hunt in packs?
2c. Why are packs so effective at getting their food?
3a. What are scavengers?
3b What types of scavenger follow wolves when they hunt?
4a. How does a good supply of game to hunt indicate climate change?
4b. How do scavengers benefit from increased wolf kills?
5.Explain a connection between the “Canary in the Coal Mine” and the wolves’ successful hunt for food as environmental indicators.
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