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Population Education


K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, Visual and Performing Arts

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  • Lesson Plans
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  • Activity - Classroom

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Google Slides, PDF

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Population Connection

  • This lesson plan and interactive activity allows students to visualize the interconnectedness of the natural world.
  • This resource includes a lesson plan, student handouts, and plenty of tools for differentiation and extension.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource includes an engaging read-aloud and activity. 
  • Several resource types are also included to ensure that students at multiple levels are addressed during this lesson. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers will need to input their e-mail and name in order to download the lesson plan. 
  • Additional materials needed for this lesson include a ball of yarn, index cards or paper, and markers or crayons. 


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in social studies classes that are discussing the interconnectedness of communities or in language arts classes that are working on reading comprehension.
  • The Google Slides included are a great differentiation tool for older elementary students or students in distance learning. 
  • This resource would make an excellent introduction to a unit on ecosystems or interconnectedness in nature.
Scientist Notes
The resource contains an engaging lesson for students to understand how living things interact with each other in an ecological niche. In as much as the components are interconnected, any changes could alter the state of the system. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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      • 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.1.1 Prepare for and participate in conversations across a range of topics, types, and forums, building on others' ideas and expressing their own.
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