Scientists often spend time studying the various biotic and abiotic components that make up ecosystems. Thus, one important element of an ecosystem that they may be interested in is animal populations. Therefore, using the 5E Model, engagement will begin with the book, Trout Are Made of Trees By April Pulley Sayre. Students will explore the topic as they determine the fish population in an identified section of a waterway by pretending to be either an ichthyologist or fisheries biologist.
*What an engaging way to integrate math and science in a real-world, hands-on way!
**Be sure and download the free PowerPoint, "Determining Animal Populations,: which can be found in my store. It provides a great visual with the population activity. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Determining-Animal-Populations-1518082
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