Wolves of Yellowsone:: Dorothy Patent Recounts the Wolf's Return to Yellowstone (STEM aligned)

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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Wonder why ecologists are happy when a top predator returns to its old haunts? Yellowstone National Park can give you the answer.
In this program, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, author of the IRA Teachers Choice book, "When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone," an Orbis Pictus Honor Book and ALA Notable Children's Book, tells the story of how the return of wolves to Yellowstone after a long absence has been healing this ecosystem. Through her fascinating slide show, students will come to understand how plants and animals interact to create a balanced whole that supports an amazing variety of species.

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Multipoint: $300.00
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40-60 minutes to fit school's schedule

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Gifted & Talented, Problem Solving, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Writing

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Can be scheduled at participant's convenience

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


Through her slide show presentation, Dr. Patent tells the story of wolves in Yellowstone:
The wolves were killed off in the 1920s
As time passed, problems showed up
Coyotes and elk increased in number
The elk ate you willows and aspens before they could grow into trees
The coyotes killed pronghorn fawns and out-competed other small predators
Wolves were reintroduced in 1995
As time went by, the ecosystem began recovery
Now Yellowstone's ecology continues to regain its health


The participant will:

-get a feel for what an ecosystem and a keystone species are

-see how different parts of nature are connected

-learn to appreciate the role of predators in an ecological system

-learn about the wolf life cycle

-learn about the importance of our national parks

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NSK-4 3 Life Science
As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of:
The characteristics of organisms
Life cycles of organisms
Organisms and environments

NGSS standards in grades 2-8 met include LS2.C and D. LS4.C, key concepts of Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems.