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Students investigate the causes and consequences of population growth and the envrionmental factors that contribute to it. They discuss what they think the world's population will be in 2050.
Ninth graders investigate the application of populations that exists in one's everyday environment, in order to develop an understanding of how mathematics is a key component in the understanding of population dynamics.
Students experiment with Drosophila to determine if density of female flies, food sources, temperature and light affect the population dynamics of growth. Students graph their data and compare their results to the number of human offspring-female in a heavily populated city to the number in a lesser populated city.
Learners experience an online based ecosystem simulation involving sheep and wolves. They design an experiment to determine how to make the populations fluctuate less wildly and become more stable. Many variables have to be tweaked for this lab to be successful.
Students use Excel to explore population dynamics using the Logistic equation for (S-shaped) population growth. This activity is primarily intended as an introductory tutorial on using Excel.
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.
Students discuss the importance of population growth rates. They examine mortality and survival curves and participate in an experiment. They record their observations and discuss.
Here are some ideas to help students understand population growth in ecosystems.
Students investigate the growth of population dynamics using lynx and snowshoe hares. In this algebra lesson, students create a graph of the population growth and analyze the data of the graph.
Students present information about a species, its niche, and adaptations. In this lesson on animal environments, students explore how surroundings can affect a given population resulting in adaptation.
Students investigate the factors affecting population growth. In this biology activity, students collect data from the lab and graph them. They estimate population size using a mathematical formula.
In this population worksheet, students will compare two population growth graphs and complete four short answer questions. Then students will investigate the factors that influence population growth in 8 fill in the blank statements and 4 multiple choice questions. Finally, students will complete 5 short answer questions on how organism interactions limit population size.
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.
You will get much mileage out of this resource. It is three presentations in one! Standard general ecology information is included within these 69 slides. The first segment deals with levels of organization, biotic and abiotic factors, biomes, biodiversity, and the flow of energy. The second section focuses on nutrient cycles. The final installation examines population dynamics with an emphasis on problems accompanying overpopulation. The font may be considered "cute." This is easily altered if this is not to your liking. Otherwise, this is a terrific resource!
Stretch young environmentalists' minds with the ten questions in this instructional activity. Though written as a reading guide, most of the questions can follow a lecture on human population dynamics and environmental impact. You will need to provide information on the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in order to use this as a homework assignment.
Students investigate the patterns of population based on needs and adaptations. In this algebra activity, students collect data on population dynamics due to changes and analyze their data. They use central tendencies to clarify their data.
Pupils review the concept of populations. In this Biology lesson plan, students will work with a partner to talk through what they remember from the unit on populations. The class will then begin to work through a concept map as a way to organize what was talked about with their partners. This acts as the test review for the Populations Unit Test.
High schoolers are introduced to some of the fundamental questions about the connections among population, resources and energy use, and environmental impacts. They explore population growth, interpret a line graph and calculate their own rate of growth.
Students create a timeline of human population growth based on guided reading. In this biology lesson, students analyze the trend of how population increased over time. They share their findings in class.
New! Migration Mishaps
Elementary ecologists pretend to be migratory hummingbirds. They fly between wintering and nesting grounds, trying to reach a habitat haven. In a musical-chair fashion, some birds will miss out, and are removed from the game. To further affect the success of the birds, you will add migration mishaps or enhancements, such as habitat loss due to construction or concerned citizens planting hummingbird gardens. Not only is this a fun lesson on animal migration for kids, it can also serve as a way of increasing awareness of our impact on animal populations.