- Grade Level:
- Kindergarten-Sixth Grade
- Art, Biology: Animals, Writing
- 15 minutes
- Group Size:
- Up to 36
- National/State Standards:
- art, biology animals, grizzly bear, wolf, writing
OverviewStudents will explore the similarities and differences between their tracks and those of wolves and bears.
Objective(s)Students will compare the tracks of grizzly bears, wolves and humans and make observations about their similarities and differences.
BackgroundMany people who visit Yellowstone hope to see bears and wolves. For the safety of visitors and the animals it is required to remain 100 yards from all bears and wolves.
MaterialsMaking Tracks handout – one per student
Have students follow the directions on the worksheet to trace their hands/feet over the appropriate track and then answer the questions.
AssessmentDiscuss or read the student answers to the comparison questions on the worksheet.
Park ConnectionsMany people who visit Yellowstone hope to see bears and wolves. This activity allows for some size comparison from the safety of the classroom.
ExtensionsAs a class learn more about bears and wolves such as their behavior, other identification charicteristics or management history in Yellowstone.
Additional ResourcesThe Bears of Yellowstone Electronic Field Trip: http://www.windowsintowonderland.org/bears/index.htm
Bush, Robert H. (2007). The Wolf Almanac, New and Revised: A Celebration of Wolves and Their World. Guilford, CT: Lyons Press.
Connolly, Brian A (2013). Alphie: a Yellowstone wolf pup. College Station, TX: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing.
Dolson, Sylvia (2009). Bear-ology: Fascinating bear facts, tales, & trivia. Masonville, CO: PixyJack Press, LLC.
Evert, Laura (2000). Wolves (Our wild world). Cooper Square Publishing.
Halfpenny, James (2001). Scats and Tracks of the Rocky Mountains, 2nd (Scats and Tracks Series). Helena, MT: Falcon Guide.
Halfpenny, James, Tracy D. Furman (2010). Tracking Wolves: the basics. Gardiner, MT: A Naturalist’s World.
Shapira, Amy, Douglas H.Chadwick (2011). Growing Up Grizzly: The true story of Baylee and her cubs. Helena, MT: Falcon Guide.
Smith, Douglas W., Gary Ferguson (2012). Decade of the Wolf, revised and updated edition: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone. Guilford, CT: the Lyons Press
The Wolves of Yellowstone: Legacy, Legend, and Recovery: Electronic Field Trip: http://www.windowsintowonderland.org/wolves2/index.html
Wondrak Biel, Alice (2006). Do (Not) Feed the Bars: The fitful history of wildlife and tourists in Yellowstone. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.
Yellowstone’s Mammals: http://www.nps.gov/yell/naturescience/mammals.htm