Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8, 9-12

Ideas para reflexionar (Food for Thought)

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1 hour (can be abridged or divided over several days)

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Economics, Education, Fertility/Mortality, Energy, International Comparisons, Land Use, Public Health, World Population Trends/History, Urbanization, Wealth & Poverty

Resource Overview

Acting as residents of five major regions of the world, students compare various statistics that affect people’s health, happiness, and well-being.

Lesson plan PDF includes Spanish and English instructions.

Students will be able to:
  • State at least two factors that might be used to determine the relative well-being of a country or region.
  • Identify at least two potential impacts of inequitable resource distribution.
  • Draw connections between population growth rate and wealth, and between wealth and energy use.

Features of This Resource

  • One of Population Education’s most popular lessons
  • Students use ratios and statistics to understand demographic information and environmental impacts
  • Provides students with context for many global issues they learn about in various social studies and science courses

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