Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8, 9-12

Good Old Days

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1 hour

SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Economics, Education, Fertility/Mortality, Energy, Population Density, Land Use, U.S. Population Trends/History, Urbanization

Resource Overview

Acting as presidents and residents from different points in U.S. history, students compare various statistics that have affected people’s health and well-being in the United States from 1800-2020.

Students will be able to:
  • State at least two factors that could be used to determine the relative well-being of people living in the United States.
  • Identify historical trends and impacts of quality of life indicators.
  • Draw connections between population growth, wealth, energy use, and environmental impacts.
Photo of US History: Pumping water by hand in 1942 from the sole water supply in this section of Wilder, TN

Features of This Resource

  • Students use ratios and statistics to understand demographic information and environmental impacts
  • Lesson is easy to modify by selecting which statistics and/or categories to cover
  • Engaging lesson for both U.S. History and APUSH

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