Wolves Without Borders

The Wolves without Borders initiative is an exciting opportunity for our Ecole Riverside school Grade 6 students to study wolves in a local and international context.  Representatives from Spirit Way Inc. and the School District of Mystery Lake met to discuss how this project will be carried out at Riverside School.

A Wolves Without Borders International 3-way conference call has taken place with us in Thompson, Helga Caballero Quiroz of Naturalia Mexico, and Jerritt Johnston of International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota to discuss the parameters.  We hope to launch the project in January, 2011. The project will be outlined on this website in the next few weeks.

I have contacted the province of Manitoba Department of Education €œInstructional Resources Unit” and acquired a collection of wolf themed books and audio supports.  I have located additional resources through the MFNERC’€™s (Manitoba First Nations Educational Resource Centre) library.  A novel study using the book €œJulie of the Wolves” , written by Jean Craighead George, is scheduled to begin soon in one grade 6 class.

I am preparing to share the details of this initiative with Heather Hunter, consultant with MERN (Manitoba Education Research Network).  I have also contacted members of the science department and administration at R D Parker Collegiate in order to create another Wolf project at the high school level. At the regular meeting of the high school science department, faculty welcomed the powerpoint presentation by Spirit Way representative, Volker Beckmann. Components of the grade 10 program align perfectly with this initiative.

The possibilities of student collaboration and interaction across three countries are very exciting!

Linda Markus
Literacy Support
School District of Mystery Lake
Thompson, Manitoba