Population Ecology Teacher Resources
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Here are some ideas to help students understand population growth in ecosystems.
In this ecology activity, students read information about ecology and the nine ecology subdivisions and answer comprehension questions. Students answer ten questions in this matching and fill in the blank activity.
A complete study of population ecology is covered by this activity. Biology or ecology learners answer questions and interpret population graphs. This can be used as the intended guided notes activity or assigned as homework.
Ecology: Reading and Discussion
In this ecology learning exercise, students learn about ecology and ecologists. They then use the information they learned to answer the 9 questions on the learning exercise. The answers are on the last page.
Classroom Mark-Recapture with Crickets
High schoolers estimate crickets population using mark-recapture technique. In this biology lesson, students use Lincoln-Petersen model to calculate population size. They also identify the different parts of the crickets.
Review of Populations
Students 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.
Population Ecology Lesson Plan
Young scholars examine and describe population growth in certain areas and identify the factors responsible for it. They practice calculating exponential growth using math formulas.
AP: Chapter 52: Population Ecology
For AP biology or ecology classes, here is a instructional activity that explores population growth. Carrying capacity, limiting factors, and k-strategies are dealt with using short-answer questions.
Human Population Ecology: Demography
Students describe the basic concepts of population demography. They collect a wide range of data from an online cemetery database including a variety of places across the U.S. They analyze factors that may have affected human demography over time.
Study Jams! Population Growth
Along came a spider, who sat down beside her. She screamed, but RJ wouldn't smash it because spiders are a limiting factor for other insects in an ecosystem. In this video, other common limiting factors for populations are listed. Endangered, extinct, and threatened species are defined. This charming clip can be used when introducing population ecology in your life science class. Make sure to check out other related resources by clicking See All Related Jams.
Regents High School Examination: Living Environment 2007
Environmental science enthusiasts show what they know at the end of the year by taking this full-fledged final exam. They answer multiple choice, graph interpretation, and essay analysys questions, 73 of them in all. Topics range from cell structure and function to population ecology. This exam blows others away with the variety included!
Life in an Ecosystem
Students classify living things according to their characteristics and functions. They observe living things grow, move, use food, and adapt to changes around them. As the students work through the subtasks in this unit, they make connections between the natural and human effects on living species.
Oh Deer! and English Learner Writing Extensions
Students follow deer through Yellowstone Park and record the number of deer from year to year. In this basic needs of deer activity, students work in small groups and chart the number of deer each year and give explanations using as scarcity, ample, ascend, and few to describe the reasons for movement or lose of the deer populations.
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Students explore the relationship between wildlife and humans in northern New England. They also brainstorm ideas on why they think some species are greater in population than others in a given area.
In the first section, students will create a diorama, that includes a local habitat and shows the plants, animals, and non-living components needed to sustain the area. Students will be using their notes and learning logs for reference, as well as doing research to ensure that they have a viable habitat. In the second section, students write a test. Teachers will assess the expectations using information collected from both activities.
Bioethics and Effective Health Care
High Schoolers participate in a class discussion on the ethical issues faced in the health care industry today. In groups, they develop their own definition of bioethics and role play the role of one of the various types of members of different ethical systems. To end the lesson, they develop the characteristics of their own health care system.
The Journey of New Haven Water
Students become familiar with the water cycle and water issues. In this water lesson plan students examine what they can do to protect their water.
High schoolers identify some of the most important native and introduced species of animals in the United States. They describe how animals populations of cities have changed over time, outline the benefits and problems associated with animals of cities, and identify the government agencies that deal with animal-related problems.
A collection of photos and accompanying descriptions describing the life cycle of an Adelie penguin is the highlight of this resource. Working in groups, polar explorers match the descriptions to the pictures and create a timeline. An internet link takes you to Penguin Science where your class can then learn more about these fascinating creatures and how they have served as a great source of information about how animals adapt to climate changes. This is a unique lesson for your ecology or earth science class.