Calling All Canids
Theme: Wolf/Canid Recognition
Duration: 2-3 class periods, 3-5 days out of class
Students will be able to identify and categorize
different members of the dog family.
Using the supplied chart, students learn to
identify members of the canid, or dog, family
according to size and general shape and appearance.
People are often very confused when they try
to distinguish between wolves, coyotes, and dogs.
In Yellowstone, park rangers record many "wolf"
sightings from park visitors each year. Many of
these turn out to be sightings of coyotes. Wolves
and coyotes are often blamed for the depredation
of feral dogs that roam in packs and kill livestock.
While most members of the dog family are similar
in shape, there are differences in size, color,
and behavior that make separating them a fairly
easy task. . .with a little patience.
Canid chart, Page
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Field guide to mammals
Other books on dogs available in your library
Use Internet sites provided within the electronic
Have your students study the supplied chart
in class and research information about size,
weight, shape, and appearance of each species.
Have the students search for pictures and articles
about wolves, coyotes, and foxes in the library
or on the internet. Create a classroom or school
bulletin board display that demonstrates the main
characteristics of these animals and how they
Have the students work in teams to research
one of these canids and have each team give a
presentation to the rest of the class. Compare
"Getting to Know the Wolf", A Teacherís
Guide to the "Wolf Pack" Materials