Biology Week 35 - Carrying Capacity

Days 1 - 3 | Lab

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Earth's Carrying Capacity Project Planning Guide   Evaluation Rubric
  • Establish a "real world" role for the student during the project.
    (examples: scientist, engineer, consumer, museum director, politician, teacher, etc.)
  • Establish a valid task for the person above. (this is the project)
  • Define what skills are needed to complete the task. (examples: information evaluation, webpage design, video editing, drawing to scale, public speaking, etc.)
As a student of ecology, you have become concerned with the lack of action being taken to safeguard the Earth's future. You see lots of political bickering with each faction claiming scientific knowledge without giving any factual information. You decide that the information is readily available and set out to put it together in a simple form that anyone could understand.

This project will demonstrate your skills in information gathering and evaluation, scientific calculations, and communicating your ideas to others in a clear way.

  • Define who will view the final product.
    (examples: community members, business persons, organization, students, etc.)
You plan to "publish" your information and conclusions. You will begin by giving it to the school newspaper so you can measure the response of its readers to your ideas.
  • Define the impact the final product will have on the audience.
    (examples: inform, persuade, inspire, teach, etc.)
You want to inform your audience of a problem and persuade them to help you spread the word.
  • Define the format of the final product. Exactly what will the final product "look like".
    (examples: video, scale model, bulletin board, skit, webpage, oral presentation, etc.)
  • Identify the curriculum content included in the project.
Considering "The Earth" as a single ecosystem:
  1. Determine its population density and carrying capacity.
  2. On what calendar date will the carrying capacity be reached?
  3. Include all your research data and calculations.
  4. Draw conclusions based on your research.
  • Establish the steps needed to complete the project.
      - The teacher provides the minimum structure necessary for beginning students.
      - Experienced students produce most of their own planning details.
  • Establish what materials will be needed and where these materials will be obtained.
  • Establish a timeline listing completion dates for all steps leading up to the final product.
Attach paper as needed for a detailed plan of action. X











While food, air, and water are all important, most living things get into trouble faster from a lack of air.