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Interpreting Population Statistics
Acquaint your class with such population statistics as birth, death, and literacy rates. They compare these indicators for several countries, graph the results, and hypothesize what their graphs reveal about the countries. This makes a creative cross-curricular activity.
Urban Ecosystems 3: Cities as Population Centers
Students discover that throughout history cities have been centers of population but that human exploitation of fossil fuels was key to the growth of large cities worldwide. They research urban growth through a number of websites.
Graphing State Populations
Eighth graders create line, bar, and circle graphs for the population of a state. They develop graphs based on a series of 21 years and draw conclusions about population trends for those years.
Population Biology - Biology Teaching Thesis
Learners explore the effects of different density-dependent and density-independent factors on population growth. They explore how the interactions of organisms can affect population growth. Students explore the pattern of population growth and the predator-prey relationship.
World Population Milestones
Investigate logistic functions in a world population setting. High schoolers will create a scatter plot of the world population from 1950 to 2050 to find a logistic function to model the data. They then discuss the end behavior of their logistic model. Graphing calculators are needed.
The World Population: Logistic Model
Students explore the various uses of the logistic function. Students use the internet to collect world population data and find a logistic model for their data and use their chosen model to predict future populations.
In this population worksheet, students will compare two population growth graphs and complete four short answer questions. Then students will investigate the factors that influence population growth in 8 fill in the blank statements and 4 multiple choice questions. Finally, students will complete 5 short answer questions on how organism interactions limit population size.
World Population Milestones
Students identify and define the logistic model for the world population data. In this data analysis activity, students use the model illustrated to determine the population in a given year and compare it to the population shown in the table. Students also find the limiting behavior and explain what that means.
World Population Day
ï»¿In this World Population Day instructional activity, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling sequencing, scrambled sentences, asking questions, take a survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities for World Population Day.
State Population Projections
Learners examine the United States Census Bureau Web site to investigate projections of the total population of states from 1995-2025. Using the provided data, students will analyze statistics from five states of their choice.
In this population worksheet, students will determine if 12 statements about demographic trends, including the effects of birth and death rates on populations, are true or not. Then kids will match 6 population growth vocabulary words with the correct statements. Finally students will fill in the blank of 6 statements relating to the movement of human populations from one area to another.
Human Population Growth
In this human population growth worksheet, students create a graph of human population growth and predict future growth using the data given in a chart. Students identify factors that affect population growth.
In this population geography worksheet, students read about how geographers study the number and distribution of people. Students take notes and answer 6 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
Counting Animal Populations
Students learn how to count animal populations by the Mark and Recapture method. In this counting animal populations lesson plan, students begin by predicting amounts of different candies in a jar. Students then simulate using beans, two "capture and release" events and gather their data. They record their information on two worksheets and answer questions as a class.
Some Similarities between the Spread of an Infectious Disease and Population Growth
If the infectious diseases and population growth worksheet, students simulate the spread of an infectious disease by exchanging fluids in a lab activity. Students watch the spread of the disease and graph the spread of the disease vs. the number of interactions the student had. Students also calculate the growth of a bacteria population and plot its exponential growth.
Exponential Population Growth
In this exponential population growth worksheet, students read word problems and determine the exponential growth of a specified populations. They find the percent of growth and compute exponential regressions. Students graph exponential growth equations. This six-page worksheet contains approximately 30 multi-step problems.
Factors In Population Growth
Students examine both historical and recent estimates of world population. They identify regions of the world that have had significant population growth in the last decade and speculate on reasons for this.
Population Density in the Ghettos
Students make calculations of population density to recognize the stressful conditions experienced by European ghetto dwellers due to high population density and scarcity of resources.
World Population Activity II: Excel
Students import UNEP World population data/projections from either the World Population Prospects: The 2002 Revision Population Database - UN Population Division or a text file. They graph this data by itself, and then along with logistic growth model predictions, and assess the model's ability to simulated the observed past and UNEP future projection of world population.
Population and Limits
Students evaluate the limits of population models. In this limits of population models lesson, students find the limit of a population. Students use sequences and patterns to generate a scatterp plot of the data. Students find an equation to model the data and determine it's limit as it approaches infinity.