Population Growth Worksheets
Population growth workshets and population ecology lesson plans that are designed for high school, middle school, and elementary school life science teachers. NGSS Life Science offers many great lessons. Click the Free Lesson Plan (PDF) link below or become a member to get access to the answer key and editable file. Free population growth curriculum includes:

Building a Dam: Changes to Populations Simulation Free Lesson Plan
Free Student Handout
High School Multimedia
Students will investigate how adaptive traits can become nonadaptive traits when the environment changes. Students can change the amount of water to simulate how producers (grasses) affect different consumer (rabbit) populations. Students graph the population changes and write a CER paragraph to explain the observed phenomena.NGSS Standard
HSLS22
HSLS27
Published by Concord Consortium

Populations Test Question Bank Free Lesson Plan (PDF)
Lesson Plan (DOCX) & Answer Key with Membership
High School Test
Question bank to build assessments. An active membership is required to view questions.NGSS Standard
HSLS21
HSLS22
Published by NGSS Life Science

Carrying Capacity Lab Free Lesson Plan (PDF)
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High School Lab
Students will act out a how a population grows and reaches its carrying capacity.NGSS Standard
HSLS21
HSLS22
MSLS24 (Ecosystem Affect on Populations)
Published by NGSS Life Science

Population Growth Rates Lab Free Lesson Plan (PDF)
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High School Lab
A fun predator prey activity that focuses on removal of a limiting factor and how that affects the resilience of the prey population and its environment. Students participate in an activity that models a population of rabbits. Students learn how densitydependent factors affect a population size.NGSS Standard
HSLS21
HSLS22
HSLS26
MSLS24 (Ecosystem Affect on Populations)
Published by NGSS Life Science

Populations & Ecosystem Stability Lab Free Lesson Plan (PDF)
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High School Lab
In this population and ecosystem stability lab, students participate in an activity that models predatorprey and how resilient a population can be when limiting factors are introduced or removed. Students will model biotic and abiotic factors and how those factors affect population size. At the end of the experiment, students will make a population growth graph based on the experiment and calculate the growth rate through many generations.NGSS Standard
HSLS21
HSLS22
HSLS26
Published by NGSS Life Science

African Lions: Modeling Populations Q&A Free Lesson Plan
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High School Multimedia
Students will read and answer questions to distinguish between exponential and logistic population growth, identify carrying capacity, differentiate densitydependent and densityindependent limiting factors, apply population models to data sets, and determine carrying capacity from population data. Students will also make predictions based on graphs and interpret graphical data to analyze factors that influence population growth.NGSS Standard
HSLS21
HSLS22
HSLS26
Published by Concord Consortium

Graphing Deer Populations Worksheet Free Lesson Plan
High School Worksheet
Students use data about deer populations to create a graph and answer conceptual questions based upon the data.NGSS Standard
HSLS21
HSLS22
MSLS24 (Ecosystem Affect on Populations)
Published by Shannan Muskopf

Human Population Growth Worksheet Free Lesson Plan
High School Worksheet
In this worksheet, students will create a graph of human population growth, use it to predict future growth, and identify factors that affect population growth.NGSS Standard
HSLS21
HSLS22
Published by Shannan Muskopf

Food for Thought Lab Free Lesson Plan
High School Lab
Students model how populations of different regions of the world compare with regards to numbers and food availabilty. Students will be divided by regions, and given food. The amount of food is based on statistics of each region.NGSS Standard
HSLS21
HSLS22
Published by Shannan Muskopf

Human Population Growth Lab  Spread of an Infectious Disease Free Student Handout
Free Teacher Notes
High School Lab
In this human population growth lab, students simulate the exponential growth of an infectious disease in a population. Students then discuss how human diseases spread and their exponential and logistic growth curves. Lastly, students graph the simulated results.NGSS Standard
HSLS12
Published by Ingrid Waldron and Jennifer Doherty

Population Growth Worksheet Free Lesson Plan (PDF)
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High School Worksheet
In this population growth worksheet, students will build their vocabulary about densitydependent limiting factors and densityindependent limiting factors that affect population growth and carrying capacity. The focus of this worksheet is for students to provide definitions for the vocabulary words and compare and contrast densitydependent factors and densityindependent limiting factors.NGSS Standard
HSLS21
HSLS22
HSLS26
MSLS24 (Ecosystem Affect on Populations)
Published by NGSS Life Science