Our most popular ‘issue’ so far according to student feedback, over 1/3 of students who responded selected this as their ‘top’ issue.
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The majestic gray wolf is often admired, yet also feared. Explore, in this Issue of the Week, how reintroduction of an essential predator in Yellowstone National Park prompted a ‘trophic cascade’. Follow up by comparing and contrasting how the predator free 2050 campaign in Aotearoa, New Zealand aims to do away with predators, and debate the potential environmental impacts this may have.
Why was ‘Wolves save rivers’ your top issue?
“It is interesting and can change your look on wolves.”
“Because I found it really interesting how the wolves actually saved the river.”
“Because I found it interesting how one animal can have such a big effect on the ecosystem.”
“This is my top issue because I liked learning how much animals keep the environment flourishing. I also like learning about conversation and I liked seeing how much the wolves impact the environment.”
Activities inside this Issue
Explore connections to your own life and experiences while learning about the impact America’s gray wolf can have on the environment.
- Activity one
Discuss questions, watch an inspirational clip, note down keywords and then practice writing like a scientist using our helpful tips as your guide. Use evidence.
- Activity two
Compare and contrast what has happened with the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone with the predator free 2050 campaign in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Critique evidence.
- Activity three
Learn what the keyword ‘ecosystem’ means. Interpret representations and engage with Science.
- Activity four
Discuss and write about why NZ is aiming to get rid of predators whereas, in Yellowstone National Park they are re-introducing them.
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