Lesson Plan

Grades 9-12

Where Do We Grow from Here?

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5 minutes (Part 1); 20 minutes (Part 2); Several class periods (Part 3)

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. (Distance learning tool available below!)

Features of This Resource

  • Students analyze geographic patterns
  • Lesson on future population projections through 2100
  • Includes an interactive graph of the UN’s various population projections
  • Part 3 is an optional research project

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