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Teacher Resources

Middle School Activities

Encourage critical thinking and group problem solving while making connections across the curriculum

High School Activities

Go more in-depth on specific issues with information on global trends and national/international policies.

School Wide Events

Involve your entire grade or the whole school in real-world simulations and fun contests.

Population can be linked to global challenges ranging from traffic congestion and pollution to loss of biodiversity and climate change. The lessons below engage your students in many of the environmental, social, and economic issues impacted by population – by both our numbers and our behaviors. Hands-on, engaging, and fun, these activities challenge students to tackle real global issues through data and graphic analysis, lab simulations, role-playing games, argumentative writing, and more. Each lesson can stand alone or easily be inserted into established units and course plans.


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The World of 7 Billion lesson plans found here are only a piece of the larger Population Education curriculum library.


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