Activities for Teddy Roosevelt's Elk
Before reading the book, predict what elk might need to survive during a year. What type of food? land? weather? How long might a calf
stay with its mother? After reading, make a list of elements in the Olympic Mountains that elk use to survive. What are the advantages of
living in a herd? Why does the elk calf have spots? Why does the bull elk fight with a bush?
Look up animals that have horns. What are some differences between antlers and horns? How can they be useful? How can they be a burden?
Read about the stomach of a cow, deer or moose. How is it similar to that of an elk? Do these animals eat similar food? Could humans
digest the food that elk eat?
See what you can find out about Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt as a father, politician, President of the United States, and explorer.
Read about other areas that Roosevelt protected such as Mesa Verde, Colorado; Pelican Island, Florida; Grand Canyon, Arizona, Muir Woods,
California. Draw a picture of something that has been preserved in one of these areas.
Imagine that you are a hiker, early settler, logger or scientist out in the forest. Write a few journal pages about what you might see.
Sketch some animals and plants.
Write about an environmental change right in your neighborhood, such as new houses, a fire, new shopping mall, new baseball fields, a flood.
What familiar plants and animals have been affected?