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Build up from the previous activity where your learners charted the population growth and decay of a fish pond with M&Ms®. Have them look at the data from that activity and create a Now-Next, or recursive equations, to predict the next year of change. Great to use as an individual assignment or homework from the prior activity. 
Math and M&Ms® go great together when introducing a modeling activity. Allow your learners to simulate population growth and decay of fish in a pond and share their reasoning for the change in fish. With such an impact we have on our environment, this activity should spark a discussion about the trends affecting the plants, mammals, and other creatures of this planet. Use the other activity listed in materials for a follow-up with population models including equations.
Students explore "populations" and "pet overpopulation" and why it's important to control pet overpopulation. They complete two math exercises to reinforce their comprehension of populatioons and pet overpopulation. Studnets define the term population and discuss examples of populations of people, pets and wild animals.
Students investigate population trends. For this African American history lesson, students access U.S. Census records from 1900 to the present online. Students analyze the migration of African Americans from one area of the U.S. to another.
Students examine the history of the Populist Party as it relates to its reforms and economic plight. In this Populism and the People's Party instructional activity, students explore why farmers experienced financial difficulty at the end of the century. Students work in groups to compare the railroad expansion map of 1870-1890 to the one of mining and cattle frontiers in 1870.  Students discuss historical events that described one group of people taken over the authority of another group.
Students investigate the causes and consequences of population growth and the envrionmental factors that contribute to it. They discuss what they think the world's population will be in 2050.
Learners explore population growth, discuss potential issues associated with the world's growing population, evaluate public policy in the area of population growth, and create population pyramids.
Students study patterns of population growth in an ecosystem and why populations must remain in balance. They interpret basic population graphs and suggest scenarios about different population growth patterns in an ecosystem.
Ninth graders investigate the application of populations that exists in one's everyday environment, in order to develop an understanding of how mathematics is a key component in the understanding of population dynamics.
Students examine the factors that affect population growth such as, the length of life cycles, carrying capacity and competition.  In this population lesson students conduct an experiment on population growth and collect data and analysis. 
Students gather population statistics for China and India, read about population issues in both places, and determine whether India should adopt a one-child policy like the one implemented by the Chinese government.
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students respond to 20 identification questions about the world's most populous countries. Students have 3 minutes to complete the quiz.
In this online interactive geography worksheet, students examine a chart with population density details and identify the 20 most densely populated countries in the world within 4 minutes.
Young scholars analyze a technical article about population growth and present possible solutions.
Young scholars calculate percentages. In this percentages lesson, students watch a video clip regarding diabetes. Young scholars discover how to calculate daily carbohydrate allowances as well as the percentage of the population with diabetes.
When samples provide different sets of data, the best way to calculate a more precise answer is with the mean. The lesson provides three different samples of data from a population that your learners should be able to calculate and find the mean. Use the mean and compare with proportional reasoning, taught in the second video in this series, to find a true estimate. 
Making an inference based on a sample is a great skill your learners will practice during this lesson. The narrator explains common mistakes when making an inference based on a sample, and why they may not represent the population correctly. The lesson shows a sample of fish and different ways to make an inference based on the results. Practice other methods to create inferences with the other videos listed in this series. 
High schoolers locate and extract census data. They produce population density maps of the United States in different scales and analyze population density maps by observing patterns and drawing conclusions.
Students investigate the link between countries' population growth rates and levels of industrialization. They observe that, over time, as a country becomes more industrialized, its population growth rate decreases.
Learners examine population trends and predict how the age of the majority of Canadians will change 15 years from now in various geographic areas. They will gather statistical evidence that supports their projection. Learners will then identify potential challenges related to anticipated changes in the age of the population for various sectors of society and determine the most significant of these challenges.

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