Limiting Factors and Carrying Capacity Hands On Activity

Grade Levels
7th - 9th
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Show your students the effects of limiting factors on the carrying capacity with this hands on activity.

This hands on activity simulates a pond ecosystem with a population of 100 frogs. Various factors change in the pond and affect the population.

Resource is provided in 2 formats:

  • Google Sheets format for completely digital access. Students can complete the lab on a Chromebook or computer using virtual dice to randomize the limiting factors.
  • Google Slides format for use in a classroom. Teacher prints the directions, the data table, and the population cards which students randomly select to determine which factors affect their populations.

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Total Pages
3 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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.


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