Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8

Population Clock in the USA

25 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Social Studies

TOPICS: Fertility/Mortality, U.S. Population Trends/History

Resource Overview

Students multiply ratios, divide units of time, and subtract death rates from birth rates to calculate population growth rates, and compare growth rates for the United States, European Union and the World.

Graphic illustration of US map with people

Features of This Resource

  • Lesson uses real-world data – birth rates and death rates
  • Students explore U.S. population growth at different scales of time – how many people are born each minute, hour, day and year?

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