How Many Penguins Does It Take? Studying Carrying Capacity and Limiting Factors

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How does a population's habitat determine the size of that population? Teach learners about carrying capacity and limiting factors with an engaging roleplay activity. Class members pose as a colony of penguins who must gather food amidst limited supply, physical limitations, and peer competition.

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Classroom Considerations

  • Prior knowledge of penguin behavior is helpful 
  • Requires a large amount of space and some prep work
  • Comprehension questions are available in the attached student version; answer key is available in the main lesson plan
  • Be sure that roleplay of injured penguins does not mock people with special needs