Lesson Plan

Grades 9-12

Land Use Squared

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60 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Social Studies

TOPICS: Agriculture, Land Use, Urbanization

Resource Overview

Students compare the World Population Map with an equal area map to calculate statistics related to urbanization and arable land.

Students will be able to:

  • Read and interpret quantitative data represented on a population cartogram.
  • Create visual representations of land and population data.
  • Calculate and interpret a country’s ratio between land, arable land, and population.
  • Interpret urbanization and land use data charts.

This lesson plan should be used with the World Population Map, a population cartogram.

Student-created graphs show Brazil's total population and urban population in 1980 and 2015

Features of This Resource

  • Students summarize and communicate the interconnections between population growth and various land types
  • Real-world data on country level arable land
  • Lesson plan utilizes students’ mapping skills

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