Just days ago, a curious letter arrived from Chuck Larsen, a park ranger at False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach. The letter said that a litter of red wolf pups had been found in the park, but their parents were nowhere in site. The ranger knew that third graders at LES were studying animal adaptations and environments and asked students in Ms. Cuthbertson’s class to work together to help the park come up with a solution to the challenge of what to do with the pups.
These students have been working together to conduct research to answer questions they have generated that might help them solve the challenges they have identified: Wouldn’t it be nice if the park could create a safe habitat for the wolves? and How might the park safely return the wolves to the wild?
We’ve also just learned that a wolf trunk will be delivered to the school on Friday afternoon. The trunk, we are told by Ranger Larsen, contains clues and materials that may help the students better understand the wolves and the challenges they face.
Watch for future posts on the progress of solving the red wolf challenge!