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 Biology/Ecology:
 Population estimation with mathematical modeling;
 Use of radio tags to track snakes;
 Effect of predation by invading species on populations
 Mathematics:
 Modeling Populations

NATIONAL SCIENCE STANDARDS (Grades 5-8)

 Science as Inquiry- Content Standard A
 Students will use mathematical modeling as a tool of investigation.
 Students will analyze data and the relationship between evidence and explanation.
 Students will critique methods of investigation that include estimation.
 Life Science - Content Standard C
 Students will develop enhanced understanding of regulation and behavior by observing  that all organisms must be able to obtain and use resources, grow, reproduce, and  maintain stable internal conditions while living in a constantly changing external  environment.
 Students will learn that a population consists of all individuals of a species that occur  together at a given place and time. All populations living together and the physical  factors with which they interact compose and ecosystem.

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