Scat, Transects, and Changing of Seasons


Students investigate elk scat (represented by colored candies) to understand the effects of climate change on grassland phenology (the timing of when the grass turns green) and elk migration

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, students will learn about the relationship between phenology and elk migration, practice field methods used by scientists to study elk movement, and have an opportunity to discuss how climate change might affect elk migration. Students will use critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills to conduct field research and discuss the findings of the research.

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Preparation


Length: 60 minutes
Grades: 3 - 8

Author: Erica Garroutte

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Suzi Taylor
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Montana State University Academic Technology & Outreach
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