Activity #3: Sea Otter Census
1. Read Student Resource #1: Otter History
2. Create Otter History Timeline
3. Timeline Presentations
4. Read Student Resource #2: Keystone Predators of Glacier Bay and #3: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
5. Student Debate
6. The Science Text
Give students some examples of science texts for younger grades to help them determine:
Now, challenge them to work together to create their textbook entry on Glacier Bay's sea otters. Include questions to help their audience think about the information and the otters' future. For the teacher they must include answers to the questions and predictions about what might happen to Glacier Bay's otters over time.
Did You Know?
John Muir, beloved naturalist and father of Yosemite National Park, came to Glacier Bay in 1879 to find direct evidence of the presence of glaciers. He believed that Yosemite had been carved by glacier and was able to validate his hypothesis with what he saw in Glacier Bay.