Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8, 9-12

Power of the Pyramids

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< 5 minutes (Prep); 15 minutes (Part 1); 30 minutes (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: International Comparisons, Population Pyramids

Resource Overview

Students use real-world data to construct and interpret population pyramids and discuss differences in population growth rates among several different countries, including the U.S. (Distance learning tool available below!)

Students will be able to:
  • Describe the three general shapes of population pyramids and their meanings.
  • Construct a population pyramid for one of six different countries.
  • Make correlations between the shape of a country’s pyramid and its growth pattern.
  • Analyze countries’ population pyramids to make inferences about past events, current trends, and future 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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