Lesson Plan

Grades 3-5

Círculo de la población (Population Circle)

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20 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Exponential Growth, Global Change, Math - Population Growth Curves, World Population Trends/History

Resource Overview

Students experience the changing pace of population growth by simulating the Earth’s population growth over the last 500 years.

Lesson plan PDF includes Spanish and English instructions.

Students will be able to:
  • Describe trends of human population growth.
  • Explain the basic attributes of exponential growth (slow start, fast finish).
Students participate in a simulation that crowds them together to demonstrate population growth over the last 500 years

Features of This Resource

  • Population growth simulation is a strong visual and memorable for students
  • Opportunity for kinesthetic (tactile) learning
  • Lesson plan uses real-world data
  • Ideas for optional math extensions included

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