Lesson Plan

Who Am I?

A black bear walks on a gravel shoreline next to a body of water
Black Bear

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
Subject:
Biology: Animals, Ecology, Reading, Wildlife Biology, Writing
Duration:
90 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 60 (10-15 breakout groups)
Setting:
indoors
National/State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.2
Next Generation Science Standards: 3-LS4-2., 2-LS4-1.
Keywords:
adaptation, climate, diversity, ecology, habitat, reading, Species, topography, vegetation, wildlife biology, writing

Overview

Each student researches an animal that inhabits Yellowstone National Park and prepares an Animal Profile Card with ten facts about each animal. Students share Profile Cards and attempt to identify the unidentified animals.

Objective(s)

  • Research a Yellowstone animal and describe its characteristics.
  • Identify a variety of animals by their characteristics. 

Background

The diversity of animals within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is tremendous. When students visit the park, they will see wildlife diversity at its best. The extent of wildlife diversity is due in part to the different habitats found in the region, ranging from high alpine areas to sagebrush country and including hydrothermal areas, forests, meadows, and other habitat types. All of these habitats are connected in various ways, including linkages provided by streams and rivers that course through the changing elevations of Yellowstone.

 

Materials

Internet/library reference materials, examples of animal profiles, blank 5” X 8” cards. 

Procedure

Assessment

Did the student research and find true facts about their animal?
Did the student complete an Animal Profile Card?
Did the student participate in class discussions? 

Park Connections

This lesson plan increases student knowledge of Yellowstone Animals. 

Extensions

Students could research their chosen animals over an extended period of time after the activity creating informational posters or reports. 

Additional Resources

The annually published Yellowstone Resources and Issues Handbook provides a wide variety of additional information on Yellowstone’s natural as well as cultural resources. It can be found at https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/resourceandissues.htm 

Vocabulary

adaptation, climate, diversity, habitat, species, topography, vegetation

Last updated: February 24, 2015