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Oil and Bird Populations
Display a stunning drawing of the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystems. Learners examine the picture to determine what birds live there and what foods they rely on. Then show a poignant five-minute film that examines the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill on specific species of birds in the gulf. Hold classroom discussions about how scientists are working to help the affected bird populations. Though the lesson is simple, it can fuel a relevant discussion of how human activities affect the environment. You could follow or precede the lesson with the classic activity of dipping bird feathers in oil and showing how difficult it is to remove. Other related resource links provide the opportunity to extend this lesson as well.
It's shark week! In this problem, young mathematically minded marine biologists need to study the fish population by analyzing data over time. The emphasis is on understanding the average rate of change of the population and drawing conclusions about the behavior of the function.It is a great lesson that foreshadows concepts of rate of change and tangent lines to a specific point on a curve that will be explored in future years.
Color Variation over Time in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations
A species-specific look at natural selection, the resource herein examines how adaptations have helped the population of rock pocket mice survive in a changing landscape. To begin, middle or high schoolers watch a 10.5 minute video, taking notes on the attached handout. Next, based on the information they learned, they do a card sort to put pictures of the mice and their habitats in chronological order. Your future field biologists then take the data they collected and graph it to see the progression of populations over time. Finally, they answer some analysis questions based on their own research and what they know about evolution and natural selection.
Understanding Human Population Growth
You can help students learn about the causes and consequences of our rapidly growing global population
New! Adventures With The Fish Pond: Population Modeling
Build up from the previous activity where your learners charted the population growth and decay of a fish pond with M&Ms®. Have them look at the data from that activity and create a Now-Next, or recursive equations, to predict the next year of change. Great to use as an individual assignment or homework from the prior activity.
New! Population Simulation with M&M's
Math and M&Ms® go great together when introducing a modeling activity. Allow your learners to simulate population growth and decay of fish in a pond and share their reasoning for the change in fish. With such an impact we have on our environment, this activity should spark a discussion about the trends affecting the plants, mammals, and other creatures of this planet. Use the other activity listed in materials for a follow-up with population models including equations.
A Population and a Biome
How does the availability of resources affect a population? Eager ecologists explore the answer through a multi-generation population simulation game, collecting and analyzing data, then researching a biome. The end products are an Excel graph of data and a PowerPoint presentation about a particular biome. Each child will need access to a computer or tablet to make their presentation, or they could work in pairs. Each group (or individual) will present their biome information to the class.
Population Limiting Factors ~ Boom or Bust!
There was a situation in the Kaibab desert of Arizona during which the deer population exploded. Wildlife biologists examine historical data using a graphing calculator in order to learn about population growth, limiting factors, and interdependence within ecosystems. This is a well-written lesson plan geared toward high school ecology courses. It comes complete with required worksheets.
Representation: By State or by Population
Should representation in the new United States government be based on population? This worksheet illustrates the details of this important quandary through an adaptation of speeches on the topic given at the Constitutional Convention. Before reading the introduction, try beginning by having your class members take on debate roles and reading through the transcript given on the worksheet as a class. Then, ask your audience to describe the situation that the Constitutional Convention faced, drawing from direct examples from the text as evidence.
Here are some ideas to help students understand population growth in ecosystems.
Adding Up Pet Populations
Students explore "populations" and "pet overpopulation" and why it's important to control pet overpopulation. They complete two math exercises to reinforce their comprehension of populatioons and pet overpopulation. Studnets define the term population and discuss examples of populations of people, pets and wild animals.
African American Population Shifts
Middle schoolers investigate population trends. In this African American history lesson, students access U.S. Census records from 1900 to the present online. Middle schoolers analyze the migration of African Americans from one area of the U.S. to another.
Populism and the People’s Party
Students examine the history of the Populist Party as it relates to its reforms and economic plight. In this Populism and the People's Party lesson, students explore why farmers experienced financial difficulty at the end of the century. Students work in groups to compare the railroad expansion map of 1870-1890 to the one of mining and cattle frontiers in 1870. Students discuss historical events that described one group of people taken over the authority of another group.
Impact of Climate Change on Chinook Salmon
If your kids already know something about the water cycle, life cycle of salmon, and climate change, then they're ready to participate in an activity that explores Chinook salmon of the Pacific Northwest. They read an article and a case study, then discuss the potential or actual impact of climate change on the Chinook salmon. They examine POD cycles and create graphs that show changes in salmon populations due to increases in sea temperatures. The final assessment activity requires them to make short presentations using both their graphs and their evidence, which they obtained from their readings.
A Look at the Population Density of the United States
Students locate and extract census data. They produce population density maps of the United States in different scales and analyze population density maps by observing patterns and drawing conclusions.
Population and Productivity: Two P's in a Pod
Students investigate the link between countries' population growth rates and levels of industrialization. They observe that, over time, as a country becomes more industrialized, its population growth rate decreases.
Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population
Learners examine population trends and predict how the age of the majority of Canadians will change 15 years from now in various geographic areas. They will gather statistical evidence that supports their projection. Learners will then identify potential challenges related to anticipated changes in the age of the population for various sectors of society and determine the most significant of these challenges.
How Do Populations Grow?
High schoolers examine how populations grow and how invasive species can affect the balance of ecosystems. They simulate the growth of lily pads, analyze and record the data, and simulate the results of an invasive species on an ecosystem.
Random Samples: Estimating Population
With this estimating populations assignment, your class will learn about taking random population samples and calculating the average number of species in the samples to estimate the total population. Students use the given data to find the estimate of the population and they check for accuracy by finding the percent error.
Native Species Restoration and its Impact on Local Populations
In this native species restoration worksheet, students are given 3 scenarios to choose from to help restore a declining population of an endangered species of deer. Students make predictions about what they will think happen when the scenario they choose is implemented. Students graph 2 sets of data for the population over time and analyze their results. Students answer 9 questions about deer populations and predators.