Population Concepts (People & the Planet Unit)

Downloadable unit from the People and the Planet curriculum. With your purchase, you will receive the unit’s student background reading, nine lesson plans, and summative assessment. Purchase now and immediately receive a downloadable, printable PDF.

Background Reading: Demography in Action

Activities

All in the Family: Students use beans to model population growth in one of seven different countries while varying four key demographic factors.

Measuring a Million: Through riddles and cooperative learning math activities, students work through problems to calculate and visualize millions and billions of things and people.

Double Feature: Students use mathematical formulas to calculate growth rates and doubling times, and to determine the difference between arithmetic and geometric growth.

Everything Counts: Acting as store owners, students conduct a mini-census to identify their potential market and then use different estimation strategies see how construction of their store will impact a local population of threatened mice.

The Stork and the Grim Reaper: In a short demonstration, students observe how populations grow when the birth rate exceeds the death rate.

Power of the Pyramids: Students construct and interpret population pyramids for six countries and discuss differences in the population growth rates of each.

Pop Ecology Files: Students graph and interpret growth curves for six mystery species and humans.

Panther Hunt: Students gain an understanding of carrying capacity when they act as predatory animals in a finite area and attempt to accumulate enough food to stay alive.

More the Merrier?: Students demonstrate the effects of crowding in a “jumping jack” activity, discuss the pros and cons of population density, and analyze a United States population density map.

 

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