Pitfall Trap Classroom Activity

Resource ID#: 166549 Type: Perspectives Video: Teaching Idea

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Subject(s): Mathematics (B.E.S.T.)
Grade Level(s): 7, 9, 10, 11, 12
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Keywords: sampling, insect, pitfall trap, biodiversity, Patrick Milligan, University of Florida, random sampling, ecology, species richness, biodiversity, measurement, population, estimation, data, collection, field data
Instructional Component Type(s): Perspectives Video: Teaching Idea

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