Tag: growth

  • Characteristics of Life

    Characteristics of Life

    Students read descriptions of animals and match to one of the characteristics of life: energy, cells, DNA, growth, response, and homeostasis.

  • Human Population Growth

    Human Population Growth

    Students graph population estimates for years ranging from 1650 to 2012. The graph will show an exponential growth curve which students analyze to determine how frequently the population doubles. Students also explore the concepts of carrying capacity and growth rates. Questions ask students to discuss what happens when the earth exceeds its carrying capacity and…

  • Inquiry in Genetics Using Wisconsin Fast Plants

    Inquiry in Genetics Using Wisconsin Fast Plants

    Genetic Experiments can be intimidating for teachers due to the time and cost of breeding plants or animals in a classroom. ¬†These issues are further complicated in a public school setting which may have space issues, limited funds, and lack of access to labs. ¬† My favorite model for genetic experiments is the Wisconsin Fast…

  • Photosynthesis Lab – How Light Color Affects Growth

    Photosynthesis Lab – How Light Color Affects Growth

    A virtual simulator that shows how plant growth changes in response to the color of light. Students measure the heights of plants grown under different colors.

  • Growing Sponge Animals

    Growing Sponge Animals

    This simple activity provides an introduction to laboratory techniques and data collection. Students measure how a sponge animal toy grows when submerged in cold and warm water.

  • Case Study: Loggerhead Turtles and Population Models

    Case Study: Loggerhead Turtles and Population Models

     This case study focuses on survivorship curves and population models by examining a case about loggerhead turtles.   The case starts off with a story about how beach visitors must follow certain rules to not disturb native turtles and nesting behavior.   Students watch a video that shows how biologists moved sea turtle nests after the…