This was created after I took a class on NW Montana history and when I went through National Board Certification. During this project students do research on 1 of 2 modern day conservation questions having to do with grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park and in the North Cascades of Washington State. The connection is that Lewis and Clark encountered many grizzly bears and soon after their expedition grizzly bear numbers started a downward spiral. Students do research, form an opinion and write a persuasive letter to a government official on the real world issue of whether grizzly bears should be added to the North Cascades of if they should be delisted in Yellowstone. This is a great cross curricular project involving history, science, and writing. I also sell a Power Point which would work well as an introduction to this project.
Included in this project:
1. 1 page handout explaining the project to students.
2. 1 page grading rubric
3. 1 page list of websites to use in research (check them to see if they are still active)
4. 1 page graphic organizer for students to use after research and before writing their paper.
5. Video questions for the video, "The Good, The Bad, The Grizzly.
6. Article about grizzly bears as an umbrella species.
I usually offer students the choice of doing this project or the other Lewis and Clark research project available for sale: Was the Lewis and Clark expedition successful?
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