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Lesson Plan:

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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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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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Chips of Trade

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

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Connecting the Dots

Students create a population density map of the United States to visually represent how density...

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Cuantos más mejor (The More the Merrier?)

Students briefly demonstrate the effects of crowding in a 'jumping jack' activity and discuss the...

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Dinner for the World

Students participate in a luncheon simulation where they represent the citizen of a low-, middle-,...

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Double Feature

Students use mathematical formulas to calculate growth rates and doubling times, and to determine the...

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Earth: The Apple of Our Eye (mid/high)

A visual demonstration of the limited farmland available on Earth, followed by discussion of how...


Reading:

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America Eats

Secondary-level reading surveys past and present food and diet trends in the United States –...

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America Learns

Secondary- level reading provides a journey through the history of schooling (K-12 and higher education)...

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America Moves

Secondary-level reading traces the history of transportation in the United States from horse-drawn carriages to...

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America Works

Secondary-level reading looks at the history of work in the United States for different segments...

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American Environmentalism

Secondary-level reading explores the relationship between U.S. people and the natural environment from early settlements...

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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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Global Family Matters

Our global family background reading: There are vast differences in wealth, energy use, health, and...

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Las personas cuentan: Enfrentando el reto de la población (People Count: Facing the Population Challenge)

A secondary reading that provides an overview of world population trends and lifestyles around the...

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Making a Difference for People and the Planet

Sustainable future background reading: Sustainable thinking is key to ensuring a healthy planet in the...


Lesson Packet:

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330 Million in the USA

New 2020 resource! U.S. population takes center stage in this downloadable packet that includes 14...

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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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Earth Day Resources for Middle Grades

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

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Forests unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom forest land use and protection, in light of...

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History of Population Growth unit

Thematic unit for the middle school classroom covers population growth from 1 C.E. to present...

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Land Resources unit

Thematic unit for the middle school classroom covers how humans have manipulated land for our...

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Nuestro Mundo, Nuestro Futuro (Our World Our Future) – Secondary

This is a Spanish/English lesson packet for 6th - 12th grade teachers. It is designed...

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Our Global Family unit

Thematic unit for the middle school classroom on challenges impacting the well-being and happiness of...

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Population Concepts unit

Thematic unit for the middle school classroom on basic population dynamics. Understanding demographics is foundational...


Curriculum:

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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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Chips of Trade

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

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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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In Search of Sustainable Life

Students develop an index of the ten factors they identify as most important to a...

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Lessons for Life

Students read and discuss a short conversation between two Ethiopian girls, watch two photo essays...

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Like Oil and Water

Students use the engineering design process to create and test prototypes for cleaning up oil...

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Mining for Chocolate

After matching everyday products to their rock or mineral sources, students “mine” chocolate chip cookies...

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Panther Hunt

Students gain an understanding of carrying capacity when they act as predatory animals in a...


Tool:

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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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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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Ecological Footprint Over Time infographic

Infographic compares the number of Earths needed to provide for humans' current consumption over time....

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Energy Mix Goals infographic

Bar graph compares the energy mix - percentage of energy from fossil fuels vs. renewables...