Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8, 9-12

Power of the Pyramids

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

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: International Comparisons, Population Pyramids

Resource Overview

Students construct and interpret population pyramids for six countries and discuss differences in the population growth rates of each.

Students will be able to:
  • Calculate percentages using raw numbers for each age/sex group in a given population.
  • Construct a population age/sex distribution graph for one of six different countries.
  • Make connections between the shape of a graph and a country’s population growth.

Features of This Resource

  • Perfect for APHG and APES
  • Lesson has two versions – one appropriate for middle school and one for high school skill levels
  • Opportunity for real-world math

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