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Egg Ecology is a great way to bring some math into your biology class - or some biology into your math class!
In this lesson, students get to use the capture and recapture method on a population of wild plastic eggs that have been dispersed through the classroom habitat. Using data from the egg hunt, students predict the population size and then analyze how effective the mathematical model is. This is a great way to help show students how math concepts are applied in real life scenarios!
1. Learn about population ecology and the Lincoln Petersen model of predicting population sizes of wild animals.
2. See how mathematical models can be applied to real-life biology problems.
3. Test a mathematical model to see how reliable it is
4. Discuss assumptions and limitations of this mathematical model
It's a really fun mini lesson, or a great attention-grabbing intro to an ecology unit. No matter how you use it, this lesson is very hands on and can be adjusted for any grade level that has had experience with pre-algebra.
My middle schoolers begged to do this activity over and over! But a group of college biology students tried it out and loved it, too! Great for a wide variety of age groups. It gets the whole class moving and engaged in the material.
Download the preview of the interactive PowerPoint that comes with this lab activity!