Ecology of Populations & Communities
Life of a Litterbug: The Ecology of Populations and Communities
Study communities of tiny pillbugs in the schoolyard or terrarium and develop an understanding of population sampling, population dynamics, resource availability and carrying capacity. Field trips to local nature areas link to the classroom activities in this unit.
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Grade level: 5-6
Authors: Mark Kalk, Celeste Prussia, Michele Dodds
Developed by teachers and educators from the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Litzsinger Road Ecology Center.
Developed with support from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources, Science Education Partnership Award; additional funding provided in part by a grant from the Eisenhower Professional Development Program administered by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education.