Population Traits for Middle School: Ecology Lesson 3:

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Mike in the Middle School
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Population traits are key to understanding how biotic factors influence ecosystems. This lesson provides a rich, editable presentation, screencast, scribble notes, guided notes and a digital notebook file to help students learn concepts. The lesson begins with a bell ringer on Black Friday and how this influences populations of people. From there we look at a variety of species, from Wood Ducks to Maple Syrup Trees. All living things clump and space according to their needs. 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, reinforcement and homework.

Please note, this lesson is part of my Ecosystems and Interactions for Middle School Bundle.

Other Lessons in the Series

Ecology Lesson 1: Ecosystems

Ecology Lesson 2: Organism Traits

Ecology Lesson 3: Population Traits

Ecology Lesson 4: Energy Flow

Ecology Lesson 5: Biomes

Topic Covered in this 40 Minute Lesson

Population Size


Population Density

Population Spacing (Clumped, Uniform, Random)

Geographic Range

Population Growth

Carrying Capacity

Limiting Factors

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Editable lesson presentation link via Google Drive

Notetaking outline

Scribble Notes

Digital Interactive Notebook Page

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Ecology Bell Ringer

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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 6–8 texts and topics.
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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