Last week, in collaboration with Dr. Michael Heithaus from Florida International University and Patrick Greene from SymbioStudios, Professor Aaron Wirsing helped complete and launch an interactive video lesson based on the Washington Wolf Project.
Funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation, the lesson is designed for use at multiple grade levels—from elementary to high school—and facilitates learning about ecosystems, animal behavior, the importance of predators, and how ecosystems and animals respond to environmental changes by allowing the students to be the scientists. The video, which focuses on how wolves are impacting deer behavior in Washington, spurs students to form their own hypotheses about the research, and it also includes a teacher packet with suggestions for how to extend the exercise and differentiate instruction.
Aaron says they anticipate the video will reach thousands of students as part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s ScienceFusion program, which aims to build inquiry and STEM skills.
It’s a pretty fun lesson—only about 8:30 minutes long—so take a look!