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7 Billion: Where Do You Stand?

Students articulate their thoughts about the ethical issues related to population reaching seven billion and...

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A Demographically Divided World

In small groups, students explore changes in regional fertility rates and life expectancy trends over...

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A Woman’s Place

Through an article, video, simulation game, and small group research, students explore factors that influence...

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Acid Tests

Students test different pH solutions on radish seeds to determine the optimal level for seed...

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Adding Armadillos

Students become acquainted with the concepts of doubling time, exponential growth, and biotic potential by...

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All in the Family

Students use beans to model population growth in several mystery countries while varying four key...

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Almighty Aquifers

Students participate in a game that mimics the relationship between population growth and aquifer depletion....

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American HerStory

Students examine their own perceptions of gender roles through two short mental exercises, then research...

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Bye, Bye, Birdie

Students determine a list of criteria to use when deciding the fate of endangered species,...


Reading:

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A Healthier Rwanda: Progress for Mothers and Babies

Health case study reading: Discover Rwanda's success in improving child and maternal mortality over the...

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An All-Consuming Challenge

Personal consumption background reading: What is an ecological footprint and what are the impacts of...

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Anti-Poverty Projects: Scaling Up Effective Innovations

Rich and poor case study reading: There are already great inventions for reducing global poverty....

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Buzzing About Bees: The Mystery of Pollinator Decline

Food and Hunger case study reading: How are pollinators critical to our food supply, and...

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Cleaner Cookstoves: Combatting Indoor Air Pollution

Air pollution case study reading: Learn about initiatives to tackle health problems of indoor air...

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Combating Global Poverty

Poverty background reading: More than one billion people around the world live in poverty and...

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Deforestation: The Unkindest Cut

Forests background reading: The world's forests are important ecosystems in regulating climate and nurturing wildlife....

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Demography in Action

Population concepts background reading: Understanding demographics is foundational to population studies. Students examine key population...

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Disappearing Islands: A Climate Change Wake-up Call

Climate change case study reading: A profile of Kiribati, a nation of islands in the...


Lesson Packet:

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330 Million in the USA

U.S. population takes center stage in this downloadable packet that includes 14 lesson plans, 6...

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Air Pollution and Solid Waste unit

Thematic unit for the middle school classroom covers issues related to garbage and solid waste...

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Air Pollution unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom on outdoor and indoor air pollution. Includes teaching...

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Biodiversity unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom on biodiversity issues, endangered animals, and extinction rates....

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Climate Change unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom covers a wide range topics related to climate...

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Earth Day Resources for Elementary Grades

Packet of Earth Day lesson plans for K - 5th grades. Free to download! The...

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Earth Day Resources for High School

Packet of Earth Day lesson plans for 9th - 12th grades. Free to download! The...

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Earth Day Resources for Middle Grades

Packet of Earth Day lesson plans for 6th - 8th grades. Free to download! The...

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Energy unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom on energy issues in more developed and less...


Curriculum:

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Counting on People: K-5 Activities for Global Citizenship

Fully online, elementary curriculum connects students to the world around them while building their math,...

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Earth Matters: Studies For Our Global Future

A must for high school students to explore some of the most pressing environmental, social...

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People and the Planet: Lessons for a Sustainable Future

Fully online, interdisciplinary curriculum helps middle school students understand the connections between human population growth,...

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Teaching Population: Hands-on Activities

You've found the ultimate multi-disciplinary tool to introduce students of all ages to population studies...


Video:

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Carbon Crunch

Students work in small groups to determine the main environmental concerns during given periods of...

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Chips of Trade

Acting as countries in a simulation game, students discuss how resources are inequitably distributed throughout...

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Crowding Can Be Seedy

A simulation and gardening lab that gives students hands-on experience with the effects of increasing...

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Demographically Divided World

In small groups, students explore changes in regional fertility rates and life expectancy trends over...

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Earth: The Apple of Our Eye

A visual demonstration of the limited farmland available on Earth (instructor cuts an apple to...

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Food for Thought

Acting as the residents of five major regions of the world, students compare various statistics...

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For the Common Good

In two simulation games, students determine individual short-term consumption strategies that will maximize resources for...

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Global Cents

Students develop budgets to meet the basic needs of an American family and a family...

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Go Fish!

Students share a bowl of goldfish crackers to simulate even and uneven consumption of limited...


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10 Most Populous Countries infographic

Bar graph shows the populations of the 10 most populous countries. The top 10 most...

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A Quick Trip to 7.6 Billion poster

Colorful, informative poster makes the perfect classroom wall decoration - it inspires conversations and questions....

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Average Number of Children Per U.S. Family (Historic), infographic

Line graph shows the average number of children per woman in the United States over...

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Average U.S. House and Household Size infographic

Infographic shows that the average size of houses in the United States has increased from...

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Carbon Emissions and Population Over Time infographic

Bar graph shows change in global population from 2 billion people in 1927 to 7.3...

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Child Health in Low Income Countries infographic

Bar graphs show the percentage of children in low income countries who have access to...

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CO2 Emissions of the 10 Most Populous Countries, infographic

Bar graph shows the amount of carbon dioxide per capita, in metric tons, is emitted...

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Degree of Impact cards

Six cards that compare resource use in the United States and worldwide.

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Distribution of U.S. Household Net Worth infographic

Infographic shows the how household net worth in the U.S. is distributed among the population....