Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8

World Population: A Visual History

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20 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Science, Social Studies

TOPICS: Exponential Growth, Global Change, World Population Trends/History

Resource Overview

Students watch the video, World Population, and analyze trends in human population over the last 2,000 years.

Students will be able to:
  • Explain and graph the trajectory of human population growth from 1 C.E. to the present.
  • Name two historic events that significantly impacted population size in the past 2,000 years.
  • Analyze why population grew exponentially after the Industrial Revolution.
Map of world showing global population size in 1523; From 'World Population' video

Features of This Resource

  • Includes Video Companion Text that provides expanded historical information for 19 human population milestones
  • Unique way to visualize exponential growth
  • Students can watch independently or as a class

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This lesson plan must be purchased as part of a lesson packet or as part of a full curriculum that is available in our store.

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