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Creative kids read, discuss, play-act, and sketch to examine the cultural significance of Old Man Coyote. They listen to several stories involving Coyote, analyze the Harry Fonseca painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and write Coyote stories of their own. Tons of great background information will make discussing the painting a breeze.
Students discuss the painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo and dance, dress up, and learn about Old Man Coyote. In this art lesson plan, students use the painting as a spring board in order to evoke emotion and use that to create movement.
Second graders study a specific food chain, acorn-squirrel-coyote, and organisms that are producers, herbivores or carnivores. They act out the roles of different organisms in the food chain. They study the affects of removing carnivores and plants from the food chain.
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Borreguita and the Coyote. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Learners discover animal lifestyles by researching their ecosystem. In this animal statistics lesson, students research the geography of Kansas and discuss the reasons why wild animals survive in the open Kansas fields. Learners complete worksheets based upon coyote populations and create a data table using the statistics.
Young scholars explore the structure of folktales. For this coyote and Anansi lesson, students discuss the attributes of folktales as they read versions of tales featuring coyote and Anansi. Young scholars collaborate to write and perform their own folktales.
The class reads "How Coyote Stole Fire" folktale together. Students discuss the characteristics of a folk tale ingeneral and the story in particular. Students create a skit in small groups.
Fourth graders are read the book "Kissing Coyotes". During the story, they make predictions about what they believe might happen next. After the story, they create their own story using their imagination and draw illustrations.
Students role-play coyotes looking for natural resources.  In this natural resources lesson, students examine the relationship between animal life and the environment.  Students play a game that demonstrates how natural resources affect animal populations.
Learners complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Coyote In Trouble. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Review the strategies of good reading and make connections with writing! In this reading strategies lesson, young readers listen to the book Why Coyote Howls at Night. Before, during, and after the reading the teacher asks questions to ensure comprehension. They free write about a dream as a way to connect real life to the story.
High school biologists try to determine if the red wolf is a purebred species or a hybrid of coyote and gray wolf by examining the DNA fingerprints of all three. Twenty-one pages of material are provided here, including student worksheets and a plethora of extension ideas. This is a well-written and comprehensive lesson plan that explores natural selection, conflicting scientific data, and the investigative process.
Eighth graders explore the art pieces found in the Missoula Art Museum. In this lesson, 8th graders select two pieces of art from the coyote section by going to the Missoula Art Museum website, and then create a collage portrait from their selection.
Fourth graders examine the effects of Mexican-American ranching on life today.
Sixth graders study the artwork of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith before creating their own. In this painting lesson, 6th graders examine two pieces of work by Jaune Quick-to-See from the online collection of the Missoula Art Museum and read a Flathead/Salish Coyote story. They make a topsy turvy character that can change from one character or state to another.
For this derivative worksheet, students solve two multi part problems to discover the correlations between max/min on a graph and inflection points, the first derivative test, and slopes of tangent lines at the max/min points.  This worksheet uses the characters Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner in the applications.
As your class reads Gary Paulsen's Canyons, challenge them to assume the perspective of a character to write a letter. The plan suggests learners pair off, one person assuming the voice of Coyote Runs, and the other assuming the voice of Brennan Cole. An example letter is included. 
Students respond to Mourning Dove's Coyote Stories by discovering Native American storytelling. They create a traditional lodge and write their own stories.
Intriguing! With color-coded maps and eye-catching animation, Professor Jason Munshi-South expounds on how, by taking a DNA sample from a New York City mouse, biologists can determine which park it lives in. This is because urban development has isolated mouse populations into smaller areas, and each population has undergone evolutionary changes that make it unique. This little lecture would be a wonderful addition to your lesson on adaptation and evolution in species.
In this predator-prey worksheet, students simulate the relationship between predators and prey using small squares to represent rabbits and large squares to represent coyotes. They complete 20 rounds of the simulation trying to get the predators (coyotes) to touch as many prey (rabbits) as possible and they record their data for each round. Students analyze their results and graph the data.

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