Lesson Plan

Change in Populations

The human population reached 1 billion in 1804, and by 2016, there were more than 7 billion! This activity explores how populations in an ecosystem change over time. Through simulations, videos, discussions, and a game, learners see how environmental changes, human impacts, and seasonal changes affect population sizes of organisms. Part two in a series of five. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Gather local population data to share and discuss with the class as a part of the introduction 
Classroom Considerations
  • Witches' hats in the rabbit and fox chasey game are orange cones
  • After clicking on the Dugong dilemma assessment, scroll to the bottom and under Victoria (FUSE), click on the View link for access
  • Activity is appropriate for middle and lower-level high schoolers
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  • Involves a variety of tasks that meet the learning needs of visual, kinesthetic, and auditory learners
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