Lesson Plan

Grades 9-12

Population Squared

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45 minutes

SUBJECTS: Social Studies

TOPICS: World Population Trends/History

Resource Overview

Using the methods of a demographer, students will analyze, interpret, and evaluate conclusions on population data from the World Population Map, and then construct their own population cartogram.

Students will be able to:

  • Identify, explain, and interpret population data from a cartogram.
  • Construct a population cartogram representing six world regions.
  • Compare a population cartogram with an equal area land map.
  • Evaluate how population cartograms influence perspective of geographic regions.

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


Cropped World Population Map is a cartogram displaying countries' sizes based on population rather than land area

Features of This Resource

  • Students interpret a cartogram of global population
  • How do population cartograms influence one’s perspective of geographic regions?

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