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Population Education


3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans
  • Games
  • Worksheets

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Population Connection

  • This game will allow students to observe how the starting population size of trees in a forest and the rate of deforestation affect forests over time.
  • Students will work in groups of four to complete the game, record the changes in the number of trees on the worksheet, and graph the data.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource is interactive and involves role-playing skills.
  • The activity combines math, science, and social studies concepts.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers need to enter their email addresses to download the lesson.
  • Teachers must gather supplies for the game.


  • Students can plot their graphs on graphing paper or use the linked digital graphing tool. 
  • If students need support, the teacher could walk four students through the simulation as a demonstration for the whole class. Teachers could project the worksheet on the board and the class could work together to fill in the numbers.
  • Students could apply this concept to other natural resources that must be managed in a sustainable way.
  • Spanish classes could use this lesson to help students apply their knowledge in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video on Indigenous sustainable forestry practices, this video that shows how nature can balance and restore ecosystems, and this activity on learning about climate history from tree stumps.
Scientist Notes
The resource will build the capacity of students on forest resources management, including the analysis of the supply chain. This is recommended for classroom.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • Social Studies
    • Personal Finance & Economics
      • Economics: Students understand the basis of the economies of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world by examining different ways producers of goods and services help satisfy the wants and needs of consumers in a market economy by using entrepreneurship, natural, human and capital resources, as well as collaborating to make a decision.
      • Economics (D1): Students understand the principles and processes of personal economics, the influence of economics on personal life and business, and the economic systems of Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world by explaining how scarcity requires choices and relates to the market economy, entrepreneurship, supply and demand.
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