Environmental Science Unit: Endangered Species, Species, & Population Growth

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Description

This bundle of lessons, labs, and activities is perfect for a high school environmental science course and will introduce your students to the topics of population growth, limiting factors, carrying capacity, age structure diagrams, and speciation.

All student pages come in both PRINT and DIGITAL for efficient use in class or for distance learning.

What's included?

-9 Teacher Planning Pages (standards document, editable daily pacing guide, differentiation ideas for student interest, ability, and learning environment)

-1 PowerPoint (20 editable slides- highly visual and fully animated)

-3 pages of Cornell Notes (both fill-in-the-blank and editable versions included)

-2 web-quests with corresponding student pages for independent learning

-2 pages of my popular Doodle Notes(TM) and a guide to using them in your classroom

-3 Activities:

  • Endangered Species Research Project
  • R v. K Strategists Card Sort
  • Deer Ecology Population Analysis

-6 Extension Pages:

  • 2 Digging Deeper extensions for critical thinking (Speciation, Is There a Human Carrying Capacity?)
  • 1 Real-Life Scenario (The Speciation of the Ozarks' Collared Lizard)
  • 3 Data Analysis extensions focusing on math skills and interpretation of graphs (Interspecific Competition, Barnacle Geese Population, Age Structure Diagrams)

-1 quiz through Google Forms for automatic online grading

-12 editable task cards for a quick and easy unit review

-Editable unit test with multiple-choice and short answer questions (in both honors and regular versions)

-Supplementary Resource Ideas: links and videos for additional explanation or exploration

-Answer keys and grading rubrics for all student pages

What topics are included in this unit?

Species

  • Definition of species
  • Endangered v. threatened species
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Speciation (behavioral, mechanical, temporal, geographic)
  • Interspecific competition

Populations and Population Growth

  • Linear v. exponential growth
  • Logistic growth
  • S curve v. J curve
  • Limiting factors (density-dependent and density-independent)
  • Carrying capacity
  • Natality, fecundity, fertility, mortality, life expectancy
  • Survivorship curves (Types 1, 2, & 3)
  • R strategists v. K strategists
  • Age Structure Diagrams (Population Pyramids)

The unit is aligned to NGSS and many state standards. If you’d like to know whether your state standards are covered, you can send me an email at support@suburbanscience.com.

NGSS addressed in this unit: HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-4, HS-LS2-1, HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-ETS1-1. Additional details on standards are included in the teacher planning pages of this course.

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Where can I find other Environmental Science lessons?

Intro to Environmental Science

Biosphere Unit 1: Ecology, Food webs, and Symbiosis

Biosphere Unit 2: Species and Population Ecology

Biosphere Unit 3: World Biomes, Ecological Succession, and Biodiversity

Atmosphere: Weather, Wind, and Biogeochemical Cycles

Geosphere Unit 1: Plate Tectonics and Landforms

Geosphere Unit 2: Minerals, Mining, and Soil

Geosphere Unit 3: Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy

Hydrosphere Unit 1: Surface Water, Groundwater, and the Water Cycle

Hydrosphere Unit 2: Marine Biomes and Water Pollution

Land Use & Sustainability

Or get the Full Environmental Science Curriculum which includes all these units!

What curriculum could I use with this lesson?

This lesson is ideally geared toward high school students and would work well with a general-level Environmental Science or Biology textbook. It addresses the following topics in AP Environmental Science (APES):

  • 3.2: K-selected and R-selected Species
  • 3.3: Survivorship Curves
  • 3.4: Carrying Capacity
  • 3.5: Population Growth and Resource Availability
  • 3.6: Age Structure Diagrams
  • 3.7: Total Fertility Rate
  • 3.8: Human Population Dynamics
  • 5.1: Impacts of Urbanization
  • 8.2: Human Impacts on Ecosystems
  • 9.9: Endangered Species
  • 9.10: Human Impacts on Biodiversity

Can I edit these resources to fit my needs?

Some of the files in this unit are editable. The text on the PowerPoints, Cornell Notes, and task cards is all editable so you can adjust the level of content and wording. The pacing guide, printable unit tests, and online quizzes through Google Forms™ are all fully editable. Web-quests, activities, extension pages, and any images included in this unit are in non-editable PDF formats to protect my intellectual property rights and those of the illustrators whose images I’ve purchased for use in this resource.

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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSSHS-LS2-7
Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity. Examples of human activities can include urbanization, building dams, and dissemination of invasive species.
NGSSHS-ESS3-1
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. Examples of key natural resources include access to fresh water (such as rivers, lakes, and groundwater), regions of fertile soils such as river deltas, and high concentrations of minerals and fossil fuels. Examples of natural hazards can be from interior processes (such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes), surface processes (such as tsunamis, mass wasting and soil erosion), and severe weather (such as hurricanes, floods, and droughts). Examples of the results of changes in climate that can affect populations or drive mass migrations include changes to sea level, regional patterns of temperature and precipitation, and the types of crops and livestock that can be raised.
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.
NGSSHS-ESS3-4
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems. Examples of data on the impacts of human activities could include the quantities and types of pollutants released, changes to biomass and species diversity, or areal changes in land surface use (such as for urban development, agriculture and livestock, or surface mining). Examples for limiting future impacts could range from local efforts (such as reducing, reusing, and recycling resources) to large-scale geoengineering design solutions (such as altering global temperatures by making large changes to the atmosphere or ocean).
NGSSHS-LS2-6
Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem. Examples of changes in ecosystem conditions could include modest biological or physical changes, such as moderate hunting or a seasonal flood; and, extreme changes, such as volcanic eruption or sea level rise.

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