High School Activities
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.
Lessons for grades 9 – 12 are appropriate for a number of courses including Biology, Environmental Science (Honors, AP, IB), World History, Economics, AP Human Geography, and Global Studies. Topics covered include demographic differences worldwide, poverty and wealth distribution, global public health trends, community/societal decision making, climate change, gender equity, social justice, and human impacts on specific ecosystems. Download the free lessons below to actively engage your students in these timely issues.
High School Lesson Plans
P = Population Dynamics E= Environmental Connections S=Societal Connections
7 Billion: Where do you Stand? (E, S)
Students articulate their thoughts about ethical issues related to a population of over seven billion and consider the opinions of their classmates.Download PDF
A Girl’s Life (S)
Students read an article about women’s status in less developed countries and watch/listen to several online photo essays and videos of women around the world. They discuss what they have learned and extend their learning with research, persuasive essays and/or book reports.Download PDF
A Moving Message – Pop Videos (E, S)
Students develop a persuasive message by writing, filming and editing a video relating world population at seven billion to one other global topic.Download PDF
Calculating 7 Billion (P)
Through cooperative learning activities and a class demonstration, students work through problems to visualize large numbers and use technology to graph population growth trends to make estimates about future growth.Download PDF
Code Blue: Endangered Oceans (E)
Through an interactive story, students experience the pollution of the ocean over time and critically examine ways in which to protect and manage our oceans worldwide.Download PDF
Development in Motion (S)
Using the “trendalyzer” program from www.gapminder.org, students construct and interpret dynamic graphs and discuss differences in life expectancy, fertility rates, health, economics, and total population among several different countries.Download PDF
Everything is Connected (E, S)
Students identify ways that many factors in human society and the natural environment are interdependent by creating a concept map in cooperative learning groups.Download PDF
Food for Thought (S)
Acting as the residents of five major regions of the world, students compare various statistics that affect peopleâ’s health, happiness, and well-being.Download PDF
Generating Heat (E)
Students observe and graph current carbon emissions and population growth trends using a computer simulation, then analyze the data.Download PDF
Pop Quiz (P)
A pre-test/post-test quiz designed to give students an overview of world population trends and the consequences of these trends.Download PDF
World Population DVD (P, E)
Students watch World Population to see a graphic simulation of human population growth over time. Following the film, students answer questions about why population size has changed, where these changes occurred, and what factors may have contributed to these changes.Download PDF