Lesson Plan

Grades 3-5, 6-8

Panther Hunt

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20 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Carrying Capacity, Population Biology, Interdependence in Nature

Resource Overview

Students gain an understanding of carrying capacity when they act as predatory animals in a finite area and attempt to accumulate enough food to stay alive.

Students will be able to:
  • Define carrying capacity and explain how it relates to animals and people.
  • Calculate the carrying capacity of a determined area.
  • Determine the similarities and differences between animal and human population growth patterns and carrying capacities.

Features of This Resource

  • Math extensions available as students manipulate their own data sets
  • Great for biology and environmental science classes
  • One of Population Education’s most popular activities
  • Great lesson for Earth Day

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