Population Concepts (People & the Planet unit)
This product is an individual unit from the middle school curriculum People and the Planet. The unit includes a student background reading, ten lesson plans, and summative assessment. Scroll down to see the list lessons plans and readings included in the unit. Purchase the unit now and you’ll immediately receive the unit as a PDF.
Note: If you’re planning to purchase People and the Planet or have already done so, you don’t need to purchase this unit as it is included within the larger People and the Planet curriculum.
Other People and the Planet units include: Air Pollution and Solid Waste; The History of Population Growth; Land Resources; Our Global Family; Sustainable Future; Water Resources.
UNIT LESSON PLANS & READINGS
The following are included with the purchase of the unit:
- 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 – Students conduct a mini-census to determine a new building project that will meet community needs, and then estimate the population of a threatened mouse that would be impacted by the building.
- 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 use real-world data to construct and interpret population pyramids and discuss differences in population growth rates among several different countries, including the U.S.
- Power of the Pyramids: Canada – Students use real-world data to construct and interpret population pyramids and discuss differences in population growth rates among several different countries, including Canada.
- Pop Ecology Files – Students graph and interpret growth curves for six mystery species and humans.
- Panther Hunt – Students learn about carrying capacity by acting as panthers hunting for food in a model habitat and exploring changes that occur because of human actions.
- 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.
- Demography in Action – Understanding demographics is foundational to population studies. Students examine key population concepts including birth and death rate, carrying capacity, doubling time, and population density. Glossary included.
- Population…It’s Not Trivial! – In small groups, students create a trivia game in any format (digital or paper) that teaches the players about demographic topics and population numbers. Rubric included.