Dynamic Population Dynamics

Explore population dynamics with your high school class as they calculate the population of a certain species and whether it can theoretically survive in a habitat, based on predetermined geometric dimensions and other factors. They design spreadsheets on population growth, carrying capacity, and competition to discuss their findings in a class-wide discussion.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Research current events and debate the pros/cons of wildlife hunting in various parts of the country
  • Explore how the human population has affected the animal population over the past 100 years

 

Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should be familiar with basic concepts of ecosystems
  • Scientists should have a solid understanding of how to calculate the geometric area
Pros

  • Includes several pieces of additional material and links to help the class as they complete the lesson
  • Contains methods for differentiated instructed
Cons

  • None
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