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.

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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.

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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.

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A Quick Trip to 7 Billion: Exploring the Timeline (P, S, E)

Through group discussion and individual work, students explore how the events of our past have contributed to a world of 7 billion. (A companion activity to “A Quick Trip to 7 Billion” poster)

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A Quick Trip to 7 Billion: Where Do We Grow From Here? (P, S, E)

Through individual and group work, students investigate how our numbers shape the world around us and how our actions today will impact our future population growth. (A companion activity to “A Quick Trip to 7 Billion” poster)

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A Report Card for the Planet (P, S, E)

Students use the poster, “A Quick Trip to 7 Billion” to examine changes in human well-being and environmental health over the past 200 years, and then discuss what the changes mean for our global family. (A companion activity to “A Quick Trip to 7 Billion” poster)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Generating Heat (E)

Students observe and graph current carbon emissions and population growth trends using a computer simulation, then analyze the data.

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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.

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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.

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Background Reading

The People Connection

High school level reading that will give your students a base knowledge of demographic trends and related issues.

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