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This activity introduces learners to wolf behavior and communication. Learners explore how wolves communicate with each other by using their sense of smell to identify members of their "pack." Activity also includes suggestions for connecting this activity to a discussion of how habitat loss can affect wolf populations.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Small containers with tops, such as black film canisters (1 per learner)
  • 5 or 6 different scents for a group of 30 learners (examples: vinegar, tea, cinnamon, vanilla, almond, dill, oregano)
  • Cotton balls or cotton swabs (1 per learner)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Populations
      • Human Impact
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Smell

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • smell

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0610427
  • Best Buy Children's Foundation
  • The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
  • The ADC Foundation