Digital Age Skill: Population Ecology-Graphing Populations and Carrying Capacity

Population Ecology-Graphing Populations and Carrying Capacity

Description of the Lesson


This lesson was created by Paula Heinz as part of the Nebraska ESUCC Special Project Digital Age Skills.

Students will discover how populations grow and maintain their populations (carrying capacity) and how environmental factors (limiting factors) influence their populations. They will analyze and graph a data set and determine a trend-line to estimate carrying capacity, and list limiting factors for populations.

ISTE Standard

 5c Students break problems into components parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.

NE Standard

NGSS.HS.LS 2.1 Use mathematical and or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales..

Rubric Used for Assessment


Example Student Artifact(s)

Student data analysis

Download: DAS_Carrying_Capacity.pdf

Lesson Design Reflection

Lesson Design: Population Ecology Lesson Plan

Download: DAS_Population_Ecology_Lesson_Plan.pdf

Personal Reflection


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