Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8

Population Circle

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20 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Social Studies

TOPICS: Exponential Growth, Global Change, Math - Population Growth Curves, World Population Trends/History

Resource Overview

Students experience the changing pace of population growth by actively simulating the Earth’s population growth over a 500-year span.

Students will be able to:
  • Describe the trends of human population growth.
  • Explain the basic attributes of exponential growth (slow start, fast finish).

Features of This Resource

  • Population growth simulation is a strong visual and memorable for students
  • Opportunity for kinesthetic (tactile) learning
  • Lesson plan uses real-world data
  • Ideas for optional math extensions included

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