The Great Elephant Census Modeling Activity

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They say elephants never forget—and your class won't forget an insightful modeling activity either! Junior zoologists take part in a mock elephant census using the sample count and total count methods. The included materials provide support for calculations as well as important elephant population facts. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show the related short video, then begin the modeling activity
  • Incorporate the second extension activity to give the class more insight into the challenges that researchers face when counting animals
Classroom Considerations

  • Store the lentils used in the activity in a sheet protector to keep them from getting lost between classes; you will need about 1/2 a teaspoon per group
  • Limit group sizes to two or three per group
Pros

  • Hands-on portion of the lesson is easy to set up
  • Teacher's guide contains printables, extensions, and planning tips
Cons

  • None