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Schoolwide Events

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.

Working with a large group offers a unique opportunity to explore population. The activities below include contests, one-time events, on-going projects, and more. Take it further and share your school’s event with the community using the Tips for Media Coverage and Sample Press Release found below.


Schoolwide Events


Moving Messages – Pop Videos

Students develop a persuasive message by writing, filming and editing a video relating world population of 7 billion to one other global challenge.

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Dinner for The World

Students participate in a luncheon-game that simulates inequities in the global distribution of food and wealth.

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Food For Thought

Acting as the residents of five major regions of the world, students compare various statistics that affect people’s health, happiness, and well-being.

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Pop Tweet

Students engage in a social media contest where they develop a tweet on the topic of world population.

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Background Reading

Service Learning Ideas

You may be interested in letting your community know about your event. Local media outlets are often looking for interesting, timely stories for their publications. Here are some ways you can get the word out on how your school is getting involved in population issues.

Tips for Getting Media Coverage
Sample Press Release


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


Before submitting your video use this checklist to make sure you have followed all the
rules and guidelines of the World of 7 Billion video contest.