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High schoolers 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Stretch young environmentalists' minds with the ten questions in this worksheet. 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.
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.
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.