Lesson Plan

Grades 9-12

Peopling of Our Planet

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10 minutes (Part 1); 30 minutes (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: World Population Trends/History

Resource Overview

Students watch the video “World Population” and participate in guided exploration of an online timeline to explore how improvements in medicine, food and agriculture, and public health and sanitation during the Industrial Revolution contributed to population growth.

Students will be able to:
  • Describe the trajectory of human population growth from 1 C.E. to the present.
  • Explain how the changes in the global death rate impact population growth.
  • Identify advances in medicine, food and agriculture, and public health and sanitation that contributed to population growth during the Industrial Revolution.

Features of This Resource

  • Technology component through guided use of online interactive timeline
  • Opportunity for historical inquiry

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