Introduction & Teacher Background
High in the subalpine zone of Waterton - Glacier International Peace Park (W-GIPP), where the trees are small and scattered, lives a shrunken, plain-looking pine tree. It is called the whitebark pine, and it is the site of annual pilgrimages for Clark’s nutcrackers, red squirrels, grizzly and black bears, crossbills, blue grouse, flickers, mountain bluebirds, and many other mountain animals. Read more about the whitebark pine community...
The activities in this unit all center around the complicated relationships other animals and plants have with the whitebark pine. Many activities are very suitable for team-teaching in “block” time periods. They are all active and fun. In all cases, the effects of these ecological systems on the everyday lives of your students are the ultimate focus.
Depending on the grade level of your students, you may wish to use either the entire activity or the parts which fit your student’s level of understanding.
Activity 1: Nutcracker Fantasy
Activity 2: It Was a Very Good Year
Activity 3: It's Not Easy Being Grizz
Activity 4: News Bearly Fit to Print
Activity 5: Subalpine Web
Last updated: November 8, 2017