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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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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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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 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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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...

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Food and Hunger unit

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


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....