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Wild Wapati

An elk grazing.
Elk are also known as Wapati, which means "white rump" in the Shawnee language.
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Overview: By playing a game of tag outside, students portray animal and habitat components of Mount Rainier.
Grade Level:
5 - 8
Objectives: Identify and describe the three essential components of any habitat to be water, shelter, and food.

Identify factors that affect carrying capacity.

Define "limiting factors" and give examples.

Be aware that changes in wildlife populations can be natural on Mount Rainier.
Lesson Plan:
Wild Wapati - word, 49KB
Wild Wapati - pdf, 451KB

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