# Ecology Activity: Modeling Population Growth

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1. This "Population Ecology Unit Bundle" includes everything you need to teach a unit on population ecology to your life science, environmental science, or biology students. The bundle contains a 64-slide PowerPoint presentation with notes, a set of task cards, 2 labs, homework assignments, quizzes, te
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This guided inquiry activity involves the student in a study of the growth rate in a rabbit population. The student assumes the role of scientist to determine the birth rate, mortality rate, growth rate and total population size of the rabbit population over a 20 year period. The data is plotted on a graph where the student will clearly see the initial exponential growth of the population followed by logistic growth. The activity will reinforce the concepts of exponential growth, logistic growth and carrying capacity. Follow up questions are though provoking and will strengthen critical thinking skills.

Given a set of basic premises about a reproducing rabbit population, students will calculate the percent increase / decrease of the population over a 20 year period, and calculate the total size of the rabbit population at the end of each year. (Don’t worry: Step by step instructions are provided to guide your students through these calculations.) Students will graph their data, then answer a set of problem-solving and critical-thinking questions about their results.

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• 5-Page Student handout

This activity is appropriate for students in grades 8 - 12. The experiment and collection of data is easily completed by students in these grades. You will receive both a Word document and a PDF of this lab in your download.

I use this lab when teaching my unit on Population Ecology. It is the perfect activity to use with my PowerPoint on Population Ecology.

This document consists of 8 pages. The student handout is 5 pages and consists of Title, Introduction, Purpose, Procedure, Data Table, Graphing Grid, Equations, Calculations, and Analysis Questions.

Also included is a 3-page teacher guide. This teacher guide includes answers to all questions found in the student handout.

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