Ecology Chat 2: Population Ecology Lab Stations

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Ecology Chat 2: Population Ecology Lab Stations. These ecology lab stations will ensure that your students have mastered the concepts that you cover in your unit on population ecology. "Students helping students" is a powerful teaching tool!

What is included in this product?
• 20 Pages of Student Worksheets
• 9 Ecology Chat Lab Station Instruction Cards
• 6-Page Teacher Guide
• 18-Page Teacher Answer Key
• 5 Additional Lab Station Diagrams

What is the purpose of this activity?
My “Chat” activities involve lab stations and cooperative student groups. Students will work together to solve a problem, complete a task and /or carry out a small experiment at each station. I use the word “chat” to emphasize to my students that they are to work together and have a productive discussion at each lab station in order to maximize their understanding and mastery of the concepts being covered. This type of student interaction is a powerful teaching tool. The relaxed atmosphere of a small group setting often leads to increased mastery of the subject matter content.

This particular activity covers the topics found in a population ecology unit. Because of the nature of population studies, students will gain quite a bit of practice in constructing, reading and interpreting graphs. Students will analyze predator-prey relationships and explore the differences between exponential and logistic growth. Students will carry out thoughtful discussions as they look at the carrying capacities of several different populations. At one lab station, students will learn to carry out a random sampling technique, while carrying out a study in population density at another station. In addition, students will take a hard look at the exploding human population. These lab stations will ensure that your students understand and master the concepts of population ecology.

Do just a few lab stations or do them all! All materials are completely editable.


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What are the benefits of this activity?
• Group work is an important part of what we do in a science class, and it is a skill that will be needed throughout life. Lab station activities teach students how to work together to achieve a goal.
• Lab Stations break down the information into smaller and more manageable units. This prevents students from becoming overwhelmed when faced with massive amounts of information.
• These lab stations will ensure that your students have mastered the basic concepts of population ecology.
• Lab stations are a great review tool for the unit test.
• "Students helping students" is a powerful teaching tool.

What will the students be doing?
There are 9 lab stations. Students will rotate through the stations, completing the tasks at each station. Each station will highlight an ecology-related task to be completed by the group as well as a worksheet of analysis questions. There are 20 pages of student worksheets: 7 lab stations have a two-page student worksheet, and 2 stations have a 3-page worksheet.

Need to save paper? No problem! Place one copy of the student worksheet at each lab station and have students complete the work on their own notebook paper.

Concepts covered at each lab station:
Station 1: Dispersion Patterns
Station 2: Exponential Growth
Station 3: Logistic Growth
Station 4: Predator-Prey Relationships
Station 5: Ecology Acrostic Puzzles
Station 6: Population Density
Station 7: Carrying Capacity
Station 8: Random Sampling Technique
Station 9: Human Population Growth

More details of each lab station are given in the preview.

You will need the following materials:
• Hole punches
• Colored paper (three colors)
• Glue or tape
• Graph paper
• Rulers
• Markers or colored pencils
• Calculator
• Random sampling instruction pieces (included)
• Small containers, such as beaker or paper cup
• Water-soluble markers (Overhead projector pens)
• Paper towels

The 6-page teacher guide includes:
• Purpose of the activity.
• Description of what students will be doing.
• How to carry out your role as facilitator.
• Materials List
• Complete instructions for how to set up each lab station.
• Tips and suggestions for successful completion of the activity.

This product also includes a very detailed 18-Page Teacher Answer Key

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Ecology Chat 2:  Population Ecology Lab Stations
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