Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8

Earth: The Apple of Our Eye (middle grades)

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15 minutes (Part 1); 90 minutes (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Agriculture, Food & Hunger, Land Use

Resource Overview

An apple is sliced into pieces to model the current amount of agricultural land on Earth. Then students read an article about erosion and create presentations on threats to soil health, ways to protect soil, and the importance of preserving agricultural land.

Students will be able to:
  • State what percentage of the Earth is made up of water, habitable land, inhospitable land, developed land, and agricultural land.
  • Discuss threats to agricultural land and soil health, and ways to protect these resources.
  • Read and comprehend an article, conduct research, and create a presentation on the relationship
    between population growth, agricultural land, and human-caused threats to agricultural land and soil health.

Features of This Resource

  • Updated as of October 2021! New apple fractions and a close reading article on erosion
  • Powerful model of agricultural land availability
  • One of Population Education’s most popular and well-known lessons

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