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Fifth graders examine and define the carrying capacity as the limit to the number of individuals of a species that a habitat can support. They view a transparency of a field habitat and discuss how many fish can live there, then play a Carrying Capacity Game in small groups.
Young scholars plot the Kaibab deer population from 1905 to 1939 and analyze the changes over time. In this populations lesson plan, students investigate the causes of changing populations of the Kaibab deer and they find the carrying capacity of the Kaibab Plateau. They answer 8 analysis questions about the deer population.
In this carrying capacity worksheet, students graph the Kaibab deer population from 1905 to 1930. They describe the relationship of the number of deer to the year and answer 5 questions about the reasons for the observed trends in the population.
Students explore carrying capacity through a simulation game. They identify how some animals gather and store food, defend themselves, and find shelter. They compare the types and amount of food gathered by each bear and discuss the implications.
Students explain the concepts of carrying capacity and sustainability; discuss the importance of understanding systems in planning resource management strategies; and develop an understanding of the notion that quantities change.
Students will explore carrying capacity within populations. For this Biology lesson plan, students will calculate the carrying capacity of pill-bugs in different environments. They will see how the pill-bugs are influenced by biotic and abiotic factors. To close the lesson, the students will create an environment for their own pill-bugs that will monitored and cared for until their pill-bugs die off.
Young biologists identify how plants and animals are affected by changes in their ecosystem and environment.  The concepts of succession, maintenance of habitats, interrelationships, and adaptation are all discussed. This well-developed lesson has terrific activities and worksheets embedded in it that should make it easy to implement. An excellent lesson on biology!
Learners are introduced to the concept of population fluctuation. In groups, they participate in a penguin activity in which they discover how populations are affected by various factors. They relate what these new terms mean for a population as a whole.
Tenth graders are engaged in learning how human activities can deliberately or inadvertently alter the equilibrium of ecosystems through human behavior and/or use of technology/biotechnology that impacts environmental quality and carrying capacity.
Students calculate average annual apple yield of a model orchard. They estimate the pest carrying capacity of a model orchard and explain the carrying capacity concept. They discuss factors that influence population size and carrying capacity.
A respectful resource is available to support your ecology lecture. Introduce the population concepts of limiting factors and carrying capacity and then examine the example of a deer population in northern Arizona. Take a look at the human population and how exponential growth seems to be impacting the global climate, ozone levels, and the biogeochemical cycles. Don't just teach the concepts; help learners become informed citizens.
In this human population growth worksheet, learners create a graph of human population growth and predict future growth using the data given in a chart. Students identify factors that affect population growth.
Written as a reading guide for a particular textbook, this can be used for any ecology course. Just change the title, and you can use the short-answer questions to query learners on population dynamics, carrying capacity, and ecological footprint.
The typical introductory environmental questions are asked in this two-page worksheet. Emerging ecologists define populations, limiting factors, carrying capacity, and trophic levels. They analyze a population graph and consider the impact of humans on the biogeochemical cycles. Give your middle school or high school life science class these 20 questions to answer for homework.
Students define the following terms: predation, competition, carrying capacity and population. They can explain the patterns of growth and the limitations of growth. Students explain the difference between density-dependent and density-independent factors and give examples of each. They apply the scientific method to a population growth experiment to show the effects of different factors in populations.
In this animal population worksheet, students will complete 8 short answer questions based on population density, including limiting factors and carrying capacity.
In this ecology worksheet, students will look at the relationships between the biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem. Students will use a diagram to answer questions about food chains, tropic levels, and biomass. Students will explore organism populations and their limiting factors. This worksheet has 5 true or false, 7 short answer, and 14 fill in the blank questions.
Young scholars use study guides and videos to discuss the positive and negative impacts of white-tailed deer populations. In this wildlife management lesson, students view slides and discuss the natural history and value of deer as a resource. They also watch a video and complete a worksheet.
Young scholars simulate population growth and land use capacity by playing a board game. In this science lesson, students create new guidelines to conserve land resources. They explain how the land's carrying capacity affects living things.
Third graders examine the capacity of animals able to live in one habitat. In this habitat lesson, 3rd graders play a game that shows the food chain and the interactions between animals in an area. Students discover that food is a major factor in the carrying capacity of a habitat. 

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