Subjects & Disciplines
- Conduct research on their project animal’s ecosystem using a variety of sources.
- Annotate their ecosystem layer with additional information about their animal’s ecosystem, and how their animal is impacted by their ecosystem(s).
- Add to their Know & Need to Know chart about their project animal that will guide their future research.
- Understand how migrating elk interact with the ecosystems they travel through.
- Project-based learning
- Self-directed learning
- 21st Century Student Outcomes
Critical Thinking Skills
- Geographic Skills
Science and Engineering Practices
- Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
What You’ll Need
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
- Internet access: Required
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per classroom, 1 computer per pair, Monitor/screen, Printer, Speakers
- Large-group learning
- Small-group learning
- Small-group work
Recommended Prior Lessons
characterized by the absence of life or living organisms
process where a community of animals leaves a habitat for part of the year or part of their lives, and moves to habitats that are more hospitable.
region at Earth's extreme south, encompassed by the Antarctic Circle.
region at Earth's extreme north, encompassed by the Arctic Circle.
having to do with living or once-living organisms.
series of secondary changes that are triggered by the primary changes to a key species in an ecosystem.
unplanned or temporary path.
to divert or draw attention away from something.
community and interactions of living and nonliving things in an area.
central and important.
measurement of how fast something increases in size during a particular period of time.
to influence or have an effect on something.
an explanation of symbols and abbreviations used on a map, also known as a legend.
symbolic representation of selected characteristics of a place, usually drawn on a flat surface.
part of a map representing specific features of a place.
predictable movements, in time and space, of a group of animals or people.
image or impression of an object used to represent the object or system.
total number of people or organisms in a particular area.
animal that hunts other animals for food.
animal that is hunted and eaten by other animals.
substances such as water, air, shelter, and food sources which are valuable in supporting life.
distinctive relative size, extent, or degree.
degree of hotness or coldness measured by a thermometer with a numerical scale.
large national park in the U.S. states of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.
For Further Exploration
Articles & Profiles
- National Geographic: What a Trip! The Toughest Animal Migrations on Earth
- The Nature Education Knowledge Project: Animal Migration
- National Geographic: Nature’s Most Impressive Animal Migrations
- National Park Service: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
- National Geographic: Animal Migration Collection
- National Geographic: Ecosystems Collection
- National Geographic: Biotic Factors Collection
- National Geographic: Abiotic Factors Collection