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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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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,...

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Calculating 7 Billion

Through cooperative learning activities and a class demonstration, students work through problems to visualize large...

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Cap and Trade Game

Students play a game that simulates a cap and trade system, and analyze its successes...

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Carbon Crunch

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


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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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 Pairs Up

Secondary-level reading provides an overview of the history of love and marriage in the U.S.,...

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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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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....


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 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 High School

Packet of Earth Day lesson plans for 9th - 12th 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...

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Food and Hunger unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom on food issues and agriculture. Includes teaching materials...

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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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Health unit

Thematic unit for the high school classroom covers global health from a societal perspective. Includes...


Curriculum:

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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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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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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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In Search of Sustainable Life

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

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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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Power of the Pyramids

Students construct and interpret population pyramids for six countries and discuss differences in the population...

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The Peopling of Our Planet

Students participate in an interactive story discussing how improvements in medicine, food and agriculture, and...

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Unfair Race

Representing different countries, students step forward or backward based on social and economic conditions in...


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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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....