Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8

Population Future

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10 minutes (Part 1); 40 minutes (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Math, Social Studies

TOPICS: Global Change, World Population Trends/History

Resource Overview

Students interpret a graph showing global population projections through 2100, then create gridded bar graphs to represent the relative size of different regions’ populations for different years (past and future).

Students will be able to:
  • Interpret a population projections graph.
  • Describe factors that affect fertility and mortality trends.
  • Create bar graphs to represent the population sizes of different world regions over time.
  • Draw correlations among different pieces of demographic data to help explain population trends in different world regions.
  • Define demographic terms including fertility rate, infant mortality rate and life expectancy.

Features of This Resource

  • Drawing correlations among data historic data
  • Identifying trends and patterns between time periods
  • Unique way of visualizing population data – as area on a grid

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