SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Population Density, World Population Trends/History

Resource Overview

Students discuss the UN’s population projections to explore how small changes in the fertility rate can produce significantly different future population sizes. Students then participate in a visual model of population projections from 1800 to 2100 to see where in the world population growth has and will occur. Finally, students explore challenges to population stabilization in areas of high growth and research organizations with successful strategies for addressing these challenges.


Students use paper plates and counting cards to simulate future population projections

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