Try this creative way for students to demonstrate their knowledge of changes in population size over time. Blending science with creative writing skills, students being with the same data set, but end up with unique stories that demonstrate their understanding of populations and the factors that influence their size. This is an excellent lesson to incorporate writing into your life science class.
Using a basic writing formula students will create a story which describes the changes in a population over time. In this lesson students will analyze data, create logical reasons that could explain the data and write creatively about the data.
This lesson can be completed in as little as one class period, but could also easily be extended to have students create a finished, polished piece of writing. A rubric is included to help you assess your student's writing.
To get the most out of this lesson students should already have a working knowledge of populations and some of the factors that influence population size.
If you're looking for other ways to use creative writing in your science class check out Symbiotic Love Letters
Also check out the Science Inquiry Lab Observation Guide
This tool will help your students create better, more detailed and descriptive observations during labs which will lead to richer discussions and better post-lab writing.