Students compare population pyramids at different points in U.S. to see how the age structure of Americans has changed over time
Students construct and interpret population pyramids (age-sex distribution charts) and discuss differences in population characteristics at different...
Graphic illustration of US map with people
Students multiply ratios, divide units of time, and subtract death rates from birth rates to calculate population...
Colorful paperdolls
Riddles that help students conceptualize large numbers and understand the concepts of exponential growth and doubling time.
Canadian population pyramid shows the age-sex distribution of the population of Canada in 2018
Students use real-world data to construct and interpret population pyramids and discuss differences in population growth rates...
Graphic illustration of US map with people
Fun large-group simulation of U.S. population growth since the first census in 1790.
Colorful paperdolls
Students identify ways that many factors in human society and the natural environment are interdependent by creating...
Question mark on the Earth for a quiz on population trends and events
Nine question quiz designed to give teachers and students an overview of world and U.S. population trends....
Students write, film and edit a short video that connects human population growth to one other global...
Students reaching for poker chips in Tragedy of the Commons simulation
In a simulation, students desiring to draw renewable resources from a common pool determine short-term consumption strategies...

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"The activities not only bring out important content, but they also provide real-world context for environmental, population and sustainability issues. They engage participants in very thought-provoking and critical-thinking discussions.”

Helen de la Maza, Environmental Educator, Irvine, CA