Print Your Own “Staying Safe Around Bears” Coloring & Activity Booklet
The IGBC sponsored the development of “Staying Safe Around Bears,” a coloring and activity book that encourages children to behave safely around grizzly bears and black bears. Please click one of the links below to review a copy of the 16-page booklet.
Print copies from home or download to your computer! Please note that 11 1/2″ X 14″ paper is required, and you’ll need to fold and staple the booklet.
Grizzly Population Lesson Plan for Grades 9-12 Ready for Downloading
In spring 2014, Bear Trust International (BTI) completed a new science-based conservation education lesson plan titled, “Grizzly Bears: Ready for Delisting?” The lesson plan is available for free on the BTI website. The lesson plan is aligned with the Next Generation Science and Math Standards, Core State Standards, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) guidelines for grades 9 – 12.
Lesson goals include the following:
- Help promote the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
- Help youth hone critical thinking skills and teach them the differences between evidence-based information and emotion
- Provide engaging STEM conservation education to our youth
- Help raise conservation awareness about grizzly bears
- Provide high quality, ready-to-go lesson plans for our teachers
The lesson plan provides information about all six grizzly bear recovery zones in Idaho, Montana, Washington and Wyoming, but the data-rich component of the lesson focuses on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). According to Dr. Reynolds-Hogland, “Students become grizzly bear scientists. Working individually, in three Science Teams, and as a class, your students will use real-world demographic data collected over the last 30 years on the GYE grizzly bear population to evaluate whether or not this grizzly bear population is biologically ready for delisting. All the data come directly from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team’s decades of rigorous research.” The lesson plan does not ask teachers to stand in front of the classroom and lecture. The lesson design utilizes “flipped” learning and includes the following components:
- Teacher Guide
- 2-part slide show
- Student pages with individual and team activities
- Data files compiled from the study team’s research
- Answer key for teachers