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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.
Students compare contemporary cultural differences with historical differences based on population percentage. In this cross-curriculum Gold Rush/math lesson, students analyze aspects of California's Gold Rush population and diversity compared to today's data. Students discuss intolerance of immigrants.
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.
Explore the fascinating study of population growth using real-time online growth calculators, animated maps, and primary sources. Have researchers get out their notebooks and, preferably, one computer for each one or two learners. They investigate growth patterns through a WebQuest, which you should consider providing as a link so scholars can click on the URL addresses instead of type them in. The animated map may not work; however, there are other resources you can find to replace this. Scholars determine how many people have been born from the time they begin the assignment to the end, how many people were on earth the day they were born, and the population densities of various countries, among other things. Discuss the implications as a group, and consider requiring them to calculate population density instead of look it up.
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.
Young scholars explore the effects of different density-dependent and density-independent factors on population growth. They explore how the interactions of organisms can affect population growth. Students explore the pattern of population growth and the predator-prey relationship.
Should representation in the new United States government be based on population? This learning exercise 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 learning exercise 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.
In this human population changes in survival worksheet, students interpret and plot data to understand the differences in human mortality and survivorship between historic and modern times. They investigate how these changes influence population growth and predict social problems based on the data while answering 5 questions including a graph.
Tenth graders investigate the carbon monoxide level at a fixed latitude. They determine if there is a relationship to population density. They download data sets and generate a graph. They determine a link between human activity and Carbon Monoxide levels. They develop possible solutions to reducing Carbon Monoxide levels.
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.
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.
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.
How did the development of industry and transportation influence population growth and movement? Mobility and population growth are the focus of an exercise that asks class groups to compare the changes in the population and industrial centers of North Carolina from 1823 to 1892. Teams are assigned different regions of the state, research developments, plot their research on whiteboards, and share their conclusions with the whole class. Although designed as part of a unit on the history of North Carolina, the approached detailed could be used with any state.
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.