Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Keywords: population size, population, population growth, limiting factor, limiting factors, biotic factors, biotic, biotic limiting factor, abiotic, abiotic factors, abiotic limiting factor, immigration, emigration, death rate, birth rate, carrying capacity
FCR-STEMLearn Diversity and Ecology 2016
Accommodations & Recommendations
- The number of rounds can be reduced.
- Students may be permitted calculators.
- Cards and other materials can be enlarged.
- The recommended time of 2 hours can be extended.
- Questions may be answered as a class with suggested answers written out.
- Students could present their answers orally.
- Students can analyze this data in programs such as Microsoft Excel or GeoGebra. They can manipulate the data to plot changes over time for each group and the population as a whole.
- Students can create their own Event Cards. The teacher can assign the students to create cards for different factors such as immigration, emigration, biotic or abiotic factors, and birth or death rate.
Suggested Technology: Computer for Presenter, Basic Calculators, Microsoft Office, GeoGebra Free Software
Special Materials Needed:
- White, blue, red, yellow, and green construction paper
- A hole punch or a few hole punches (you are going to need a lot of dots or pieces, but the students can punch new pieces as they go along)
- Event Cards (See Event Cards attachment)
- A game spreadsheet (See Data Spreadsheet attachment)
- A game worksheet (See Worksheet attachment)
- Dice (1 die per group)
- Calculators (optional)
- The little paper pieces can be a mess, so have students work on a large piece of paper. When they are done, they can recycle the pieces.
- You may want plastic zip-top bags in which to store your Game of Clones pieces. Students can separate the pieces by color once they are done.
- Telling the students to group their pieces in groups of ten will make for easier counting and less time spent simply counting the pieces.
This resource can be modified to take more or less time, depending on the number of rounds played. It also sets up students with a data set that can be used in statistical software.
Source and Access Information
Name of Author/Source: Ashley Walter
Access Privileges: Public
* Please note that examples of resources are not intended as complete curriculum.