Hands on, modeling activities are key to establishing students understanding of biotic components in an ecosystem. In this activity, students will learn about Canadian Lynx. From there they will participate in a scientific modeling activity, the Lynx toss. While recording their results, students will observe how populations grow exponentially and crash when food sources are scarce. Included in this lesson is an editable presentation, linked through Google Drive that will allow you to customize this to your classroom. Video links to helpful lesson resources and tutorials. An editable student data guide and sample data will ensure this lab works and provide resources if students miss a day. A video tutorial is included that explains to students how to create a graph using Google Sheets. This lesson is designed and tested for a mainstreamed middle school science classroom of 24 students meeting daily for 40 minutes. The teacher will find lesson materials for direct instruction, lab work and reflection.
Please note, this lesson is part of my Ecosystems and Interactions for Middle School Bundle.
Included in this package
Editable lesson presentation link via Google Drive
Editable Student Data Sheet
Links to helpful video content
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