Instructional Video

Wolves Can Be a Bit Coy

It turns out wolves are not quite as wolfish as they used to be. Part of a larger playlist  on mammals, the video offers an in-depth look at the wolf populations of today which, in some cases, are more coyote than wolf. The narrator takes viewers on a tour through time to look at the evolution of the wolf, why wolf-coyote hybrids are the most common species today, and how endangered species legislation can't make heads nor tails of today's wolves.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate the resource into a case study about wolves or mammalian anatomy
  • Expand the lesson by launching a research project about specific wolf species
Classroom Considerations
  • Some portions of the video are graphic in nature
  • Talk for a moment before the video about endangered species and how some species are protected
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
Pros
  • Video serves up fascinating historical facts as well as interesting wolf behaviors and traits
  • Narrator explains the complex genetic links between wolves and coyotes thoroughly and clearly
Cons
  • None
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