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Population Dynamics (Logistic Growth)

Level B: Why are there not more Elephants?: Population Dynamics

This lesson explores how animal populations can grow and decline over time through use of a simulation. This very simple model allows students to impact the birth and death rates based on input for different animals. The simulation displays what happens to the different populations over time. Students can compare the resulting trends for different animals and consider why those trends occur. Students may also research additional animal data in order to create their own runs.

Learning goals:

  • Compare animal population trends through use of a
  • Represent and interpret data on a line graph.
  • Describe what impacts an animal population's growth
    and decline over time.
  • Explain why animals are limited in their growth by a carrying capacity.

Student Challenge:

Compare animal populations in order to determine
which population is most successful over time. Be able
to explain why.


Curricular Connections:

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

Simulation: Why are there not more Elephants?: Population Dynamics

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