Middle 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 6 – 8 cover topics addressed in life sciences, social studies, and mathematics including understanding population growth trends through history, human-environmental interactions and their impacts on ecosystems, carrying capacity, wealth and resource distribution, scarcity, the role of gender in education., and quality of life indicators. Download the free lessons below to actively engage your students in these timely issues.


Middle 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 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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Chips of Trade (S)

Acting as countries, students discuss how resources are inequitably distributed throughout the world and how this imbalance motivates trade.

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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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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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Lessons for Life (S)

Students will read and discuss a short conversation between two Kenyan girls, watch and listen to two photo essays of school girls in less developed countries, and interpret a graph correlating literacy and fertility rates worldwide.

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Looking to the Future (E, S)

Students create a futuristic news telecast 40 years into the future and imagine what their lives might be like in the future, given current realities, hopes, and dreams.

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Math Path to 7 Billion (P)

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

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One for All (E,S)

In a simulation, students desiring to draw renewable resources from a common pool determine short-term consumption strategies that will preserve a long-term supply of the resource.

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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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Population Circle (P)

Students experience the changing pace of population growth by simulating the Earth’s population growth over the last 500 years.

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Watch Your Step (E)

Students learn about the concept of the ecological footprint by taking an online quiz about their resource use and then exploring why the footprint is an important measurement of their impact on the Earth’s resources.

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Background Reading

Seven Billion and Counting

Middle 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.