Wolf Pack Education Trunk
Pre-Lesson: The Three Little Pigs
Students will listen to the classic story The Three Little Pigs and express how they feel about wolves prior to learning about them.
Lesson 1: Who Wants to be a Wolf Expert?
Students will be grouped into several “wolf packs,” named after real wolf packs in Voyageurs National Park. They will participate in a game show activity to learn basic facts about wolves and wolf adaptations.
Lesson 2: Season of Starvation
Students will learn about food webs and the roles of scavengers, predators, and prey. They will take the identity of animals that live in Voyageurs National Park and create a winter food web.
Lesson 3: When Wolves Hunted Caribou
Students will study the changes in plant and animal communities over the last 200 years. They will research different issues that have affected Minnesota and present their findings through a story and poster.
Lesson 4: Eight Trips Around the Sun
Students will learn what the life of a wolf encompasses and the many dangers a wolf faces. Students take on the life of a wolf—beginning with birth, then playing a game of chance that ends at the “Happy Hunting Grounds.”
Lesson 5: Do You Speak Wolf?
Students will learn about body language and how wolves used it to communicate through a game of charades. They will also gain knowledge of ranking within wolf packs by matching descriptions of ranks with their title.
Lesson 6: The Hunt
Students will learn about how wolves hunt and the strategies they use to catch prey by participating in an active game that requires room, indoors or outdoors, for the wolves to hunt.
Post-Lesson: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Students will listen to the story The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and explain how they feel about wolves now that they have learned about them.
Did You Know?
Voyageurs National Park is home to several wolf packs. Listen for their distinctive howl or look for fresh tracks in the winter.