Product Profile

World Population Map



The World Population Map is a cartogram poster providing students a unique view of the Earth – the size of each country is shown in proportion to its population, rather than its land mass. 7,241 colorful squares are arranged to represent the 2013 global population of 7.2 billion people. The map is a powerful teaching tool for student exploration of how population data can be visually interpreted and how different map types can alter the perspective of how one sees the world.

The accompanying Activity Guide includes a background reading and six classroom lesson plans. An introductory activity ensures students understand the cartogram and how it differs from traditional land area maps. Other activities explore content including: birth/death rates, population pyramids, population density, urbanization, arable land use, and a range of human development indicators (fertility, income, health, education, environmental quality and more) that give a fuller picture of life in different countries and regions.

These activities have been designed primarily for the high school social studies classroom but all are interdisciplinary, relying on and applying knowledge and skills from mathematics, English language arts, and science.

Note: Poster will be sent in a tube and costs $10 to ship.

Activity Guide

Background reading and six lesson plans

Download the full Activity Guide here.