Lesson Plan

Grades 3-5, 6-8

Stork and the Grim Reaper

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10 minutes (Part 1); 20 minutes (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Fertility/Mortality, International Comparisons

Resource Overview

In a short demonstration using water and measuring cups, students observe how populations grow when the birth rate exceeds the death rate and then model birth and death rates for various countries around the world.

Students will be able to:
  • Define birth rate and death rate.
  • Describe how the birth and death rates affect population growth.
  • Explain why death rates have dropped in recent history.
  • Compare birth and death rates, and the resulting population change, for six countries.

Features of This Resource

  • Visual representation of math equation
  • Opportunity for authentic learning with real-world data
  • Lesson provides the definition of birth rate and death rate
  • Two versions available – one for upper elementary grades (free version here) and one for middle level grades

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