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Dynamic Populations

Week 2 Lesson 2310 Exploring MichiganScience 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade Aired Week of 11/6/2023
Dynamic Populations

This lesson will explore the phenomenon of the moose-wolf population dynamics on Isle Royale, as students learn about how one of our lesser-known national parks provides a firsthand opportunity to witness biology, ecology, and history in action. They will explore the dynamics of predator-prey relationships, conduct field observations about populations in their own area, and mathematically model the moose-wolf population biology over time.

  • Know how predator-prey interactions affect the populations of each over time
  • Understand how the moose and wolf populations on Isle Royale have changed in recent decades
  • Be able to mathematically model the populations of a predator and prey system