Ecology: Modeling Population Growth | Printable and Digital Distance Learning

Ecology: Modeling Population Growth  | Printable and Digital Distance Learning
Ecology: Modeling Population Growth  | Printable and Digital Distance Learning
Ecology: Modeling Population Growth  | Printable and Digital Distance Learning
Ecology: Modeling Population Growth  | Printable and Digital Distance Learning
Ecology: Modeling Population Growth  | Printable and Digital Distance Learning
Ecology: Modeling Population Growth  | Printable and Digital Distance Learning
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NGSSMS-LS2-1
NGSSMS-LS2-4
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This guided inquiry activity (printable or digital) involves the student in a study of the growth rate of 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. Choose to use the traditional printable version, or the paperless, digital Google Apps version.

This resource is perfect for distance learning and for students in 1:1 classrooms.

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What is included in this resource?

  • Printable and Editable 5-Page Student handout
  • Paperless Digital Version for Google Drive, Google Classroom, and/or Microsoft OneDrive (Yes, students will still make a graph in Google Slides!)
  • 3-Page Teacher Answer Key
  • Complete and detailed instructions.

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.

This activity is appropriate for students in grades 8 - 12.

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

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NGSSHS-LS2-2
Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales. Examples of mathematical representations include finding the average, determining trends, and using graphical comparisons of multiple sets of data. Assessment is limited to provided data.
NGSSHS-LS2-1
Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales. Emphasis is on quantitative analysis and comparison of the relationships among interdependent factors including boundaries, resources, climate, and competition. Examples of mathematical comparisons could include graphs, charts, histograms, and population changes gathered from simulations or historical data sets. Assessment does not include deriving mathematical equations to make comparisons.
NGSSMS-LS2-1
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. Emphasis is on cause and effect relationships between resources and growth of individual organisms and the numbers of organisms in ecosystems during periods of abundant and scarce resources.
NGSSMS-LS2-4
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. Emphasis is on recognizing patterns in data and making warranted inferences about changes in populations, and on evaluating empirical evidence supporting arguments about changes to ecosystems.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11–12 texts and topics.
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Teaching Duration
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