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Population Dynamics (Logistic Growth)

Level A: Too Many Animals?

Students see animals all around them, often pets in their home or birds and other wildlife in their neighborhood.
This lesson allows students to explore how populations can grow and decline over time. Students can use the information in the simulation to input settings, such as how long a particular animal lives, on average. An additional option is to have students research, explore, and compare additional populations.

Learning goals:

  • Explore a population simulation in order to compare animal populations along with how and why they grow and decline.
  • Represent and interpret data on a line graph.
  • Represent one animal population in a diagram showing how it grows and declines.

Student Challenge:

  • Determine which animal population grows most quickly
    versus least quickly and be able to explain what created these two results.

Curricular Connections:

  • Science: Populations, ecosystems, scientific method
  • Representing and interpreting data (Common Core Math)
  • Describing connections among ideas (Common Core Reading)

Simulation: Too Many Animals?

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