Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8

Everything Counts

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1 hour homework (Part 1); 30 minutes (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Counting Populations, Biodiversity/Habitat

Resource Overview

Acting as store owners, students conduct a mini-census to identify their potential market and then use different estimation strategies to see how construction of their store will impact a local population of threatened mice.

Students will be able to:
  • Conduct a mini-census and analyze the collected data to make recommendations on how to best serve a community.
  • Simulate various methods for wildlife population estimation including gross estimation, direct estimation, and capture and recapture.
  • Determine when certain population estimation techniques are most appropriate.
  • Explain the importance of obtaining accurate wildlife counts.

Features of This Resource

  • Students collect and analyze their own data sets
  • Simulation of three types of estimation: gross estimation, direct estimation, and capture/recapture
  • Opportunity for creative problem solving


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This lesson plan must be purchased as part of a lesson packet or as part of a full curriculum that is available in our store.

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