Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8, 9-12

Earth: The Apple of Our Eye (mid/high)

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

SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Agriculture, Food & Hunger, Land Use

Resource Overview

A visual demonstration of the limited farmland available on Earth, followed by discussion of how to feed a growing population.

Students will be able to:
  • State what percentage of the Earth is made up of habitable/inhospitable land, developed land, and farmland.
  • Discuss threats to farmland and ways it can be preserved.
  • Analyze the relationship between population and arable land over time.

Features of This Resource

  • Powerful model of arable land availability
  • One of Population Education’s most popular and well-known lessons
  • Includes historic physiological density data (amount of arable land per person)

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