Bark Beetle Lesson
This lesson is designed to help students understand the forest ecosystem dynamics by using a computer model to explore the interaction among bark beetle, spruce trees ,and temperature. Students are engaged in developing and using a model, collecting and interpret data, constructing explanations and scientific argumentation.
The lesson addresses the following Utah SEEd Standards:
Analyze data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations in an ecosystem. Ask questions to predict how changes in resource availability affects organisms in those ecosystems. Examples could include water, food, and living space in Utah environments.
Construct an argument supported by evidence that the stability of populations is affected by changes to an ecosystem. [Emphasize how changes to living and nonliving components in an ecosystem affect populations in that ecosystem.]
To run the simulation module, you must first download and install NetLogo 6.0 on your computer. Go to the NetLogo download page
- Simulation Module Download (updated June 6th, 2017)
- Lesson Plan View Download
- Spruce and Beetle Images View Download
- Lesson Worksheet View Download
- Lesson Reading View Download
- Earth System Model Sheet View Download
- Claim, Evidence, Reasoning Template View Download