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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 students 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.
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 activity, 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.
Students learn how to count animal populations by the Mark and Recapture method. For 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.
If the infectious diseases and population growth worksheet, high schoolers 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. High schoolers also calculate the growth of a bacteria population and plot its exponential 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.
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.
Young scholars make calculations of population density to recognize the stressful conditions experienced by European ghetto dwellers due to high population density and scarcity of resources.
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.
Fifth graders graph the number of Native American populations in Montana. In this graphing lesson, 5th graders read about the native populations of Montana and about the number of them living on reservations. They make a double bar graph showing the information and answer the essential questions on the back of the paper.
Students examine the human population response to microbial diseases.  For this disease lesson students observe population trends, write about a scientist and evaluate and defend current treatments for infectious diseases. 
Students use Excel to explore population dynamics using the Logistic equation for (S-shaped) population growth. This activity is primarily intended as an introductory tutorial on using Excel.
Students evaluate the limits of population models.  In this limits of population models instructional activity, 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.
The five agents of evolutionary change are reviewed in this slideshow. Definitions of common terms involved with populations and equilibrium are given, and there are some presentations of Hardy Weinberg equations for common examples of characteristics of populations.
Explore the fascinating study of population growth using real-time online growth calculators, animated maps, and primary sources. Have researchers get out their notebooks and, preferably, one computer for each one or two learners. They investigate growth patterns through a WebQuest, which you should consider providing as a link so scholars can click on the URL addresses instead of type them in. The animated map may not work; however, there are other resources you can find to replace this. Scholars determine how many people have been born from the time they begin the assignment to the end, how many people were on earth the day they were born, and the population densities of various countries, among other things. Discuss the implications as a group, and consider requiring them to calculate population density instead of look it up. 
Students use cups of bright candies to model population decay, and growth. They complete a worksheet and participate in a discussion relating their findings.
Students conduct research on historical population changes in the U.S. They conduct Internet research on the Historical Census Data Browser, create a bar graph and data table using a spreadsheet program, and display and interpret their graphs.
Students utilize population pyramids to answer questions, make comparisons, draw conclusions and support predictions about the populations of China, India and the Unites States. They arrange numbers and symbolic information from various census bureau population pyramids.
In this human population changes in survival worksheet, young scholars interpret and plot data to understand the differences in human mortality and survivorship between historic and modern times. They investigate how these changes influence population growth and predict social problems based on the data while answering 5 questions including a graph.

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