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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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Catching Pollution

Students "catch" pollution (particulate matter) on prepared cards to see the environmental and health-related consequences...

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Círculo de la población (Population Circle)

Students experience the changing pace of population growth by simulating the Earth’s population growth over...

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Double Take

Students listen to a mathematical folktale and mathematical riddles and solve related word problems. Students...

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Earth: The Apple of Our Eye (elem)

A visual demonstration that illustrates the limits on farmland, making the importance of conservation clear....

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Energy Imagery

Through guided imagery, students compare their energy use with that of a Native American in...

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Every Drop Counts

Students investigate how much water they use in their lives, both directly and indirectly. Students...

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Family Roots

By interviewing adults they know, students learn about diverse backgrounds and consider reasons why people...

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Family Tree

Students simulate several generations of a family's growth, comparing a two-child average family size to...


Reading:

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How do People Create so Much Waste?

An elementary-level reading on the creation and disposal of solid waste.

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How do People Use the Earth’s Resources?

An elementary-level reading that addresses renewable and non-renewable resources.

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How do Populations Grow?

An elementary-level reading that discusses population growth trends for wildlife and people.

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How Many is Enough?

An elementary-level reading that addresses carrying capacity.

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How Should People Treat Wildlife?

An elementary-level reading on the importance of protecting wildlife habitat and biodiversity.

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Las personas y los recursos (People and Resources)

A reading for upper elementary grades that provides an age-appropriate overview of world population trends...

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What are People’s Basic Needs?

An elementary-level reading that describes the basic needs for all people.

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What is a Population?

An elementary-level reading that discusses populations and habitat.

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Why do People Need Space?

An elementary-level reading that discusses our needs for personal and ecological space.


Lesson Packet:

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

This is a Spanish/English lesson packet for K - 5th grade teachers. It is designed...


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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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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Global Cents

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

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Habitat Scramble

In a role-playing simulation, students act as species in a habitat trying to survive by...

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How Many Fish in the Sea?

Students estimate a fish population (using goldfish crackers on a flat surface) by sampling.

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Millions and Billions

Through riddles, an art project, and small group problem solving, students gain an appreciation for...

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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...

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Stork and Grim Reaper

In a short demonstration using water and measuring cups, students observe how populations grow when...

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Timber!

In this role-playing simulation, students discover what happens to a forest when the demand for...

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Who Polluted the Potomac?

Watch the video to see Pop Ed staff walk you through the lesson. "Who Polluted...


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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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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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 Use Comparison infographic (1 American uses as much energy as…)

Infographics shows that 1 person in the U.S. consumes as much energy as 2 Germans,...

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Forest Coverage Over Time infographic

Line graphs display forest loss in Indonesia and the Brazilian Amazon, showing the percentage of...

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Loss of Coral Reefs infographic

Graphs show the percentage of three reefs - Caribbean Reefs, West Indian Ocean Reefs, and...