Tracks to the Future
INTERDISCIPLINARY – SERVICE LEARNING, ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA) CURRICULUM
USING WOLF EDUCATION TO PROMOTE COMMON CORE STANDARDS
“Interdisciplinary Curriculum in Wolf Education: Tracks to the Future” is a unique unit of study that affords elementary and middle school students differentiated opportunities to learn and master many of the required common core academic standards in Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies and the Arts while using wolf conservation as its integrating theme. Its goals are to encourage students to pose and answer relevant questions about wolf recovery and conservation while they simultaneously acquire new knowledge, tools, and the critical thinking skills that they will need as life-long learners, in general.
“Tracks to the Future” is an academically robust, relevant, and innovative “living curriculum.” It emphasizes cooperative learning, research and project-based learning, critical thinking and discussion, hands-on activities, and integrated service learning opportunities. Students develop and practice leadership skills by working in teams, listening to and accepting diverse opinions, solving problems, considering the long-term view, promoting actions that serve the greater good, and connecting with the community to make a difference.
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Runt Curriculum is a thematic unit of study designed to help students become better readers, writers, and thinkers. The unit revolves around Runt, written by Marion Dane Bauer, which portrays wolves’ place in the natural world and highlights an individual’s struggle to find their own niche. Students will be evaluated on guided reading participation and comprehension, written expressive skills via Comprehension Journal Assignments, expository writing, and oral communication skills, among other criteria. Students will reach out to prominent wolf conservation organizations like the Wolf Conservation Center in order to enhance their connection to the theme of the story and allow for further reflection upon issues regarding our country’s wild lands and wildlife.
The Runt Curriculum is suggested for students in grades 3 - 5 but can be applied to individuals of all ages.
Wolf Journal Curriculum is a thematic unit of study that revolves around Wolf Journal, written by Brian A. Connolly, which weaves a story about endangered species, an endangered planet, and the human spirit that strives to understand and protect. Students will be evaluated on argument and descriptive writing, a research project, and reading comprehension, among other criteria. Students will reach out to prominent wolf conservation organizations like the Wolf Conservation Center in order to enhance their connection to the theme of the story and allow for further reflection upon issues regarding endangered species and endangered species policy.
The Wolf Journal Curriculum is suggested for students in grades 6 - 8 but can be applied to individuals of all ages.