Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8, 9-12

USA Population Circle

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20 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Social Studies

TOPICS: Math - Population Growth Curves, U.S. Population Trends/History

Resource Overview

Students experience the changing pace of U.S. population growth by simulating the country’s population growth since the first census in 1790.

Students will be able to:
  • Describe U.S. population growth trends from 1790 to present.
  • Identify projected trends in U.S. population growth through 2050.
  • Discuss factors that demographers consider when making population projections.
Graphic illustration of US map with people

Features of This Resource

  • Great lesson plan for U.S. History
  • Large group simulation of changes in U.S population size
  • Lesson is scalable for middle or high school

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