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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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Calculating 7 Billion

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

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Catch It If You Can

Students mimic the spread of disease by exchanging liquids in test tubes and then graph...

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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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Crowding Can Be Seedy

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

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Double Feature

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


Reading:

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How do Populations Grow?

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


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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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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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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Health unit

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

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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...


Video:

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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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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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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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Panther Hunt

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

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Pop Ecology Files

Students graph and interpret growth curves for six mystery species and humans.


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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 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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Distribution of U.S. Household Net Worth infographic

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

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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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Global Population Projections infographic

Infographic shows the United Nation's population projections through 2100 in ten year increments. Three future...