6 Billion and Counting

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Will all the people be able to fit? Using historical population growth rates for continents, pupils determine estimates for the future population. The second day, pupils investigate whether a linear, quadratic, or exponential function best models the world population growth over time.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • If the class is not familiar with making a circle graph, provide a brief lesson on how to determine the sector size
  • Research other world population prediction models and compare them to the ones in the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity requires a graphing calculator
Pros

  • A reading passage sets the stage for the calculations
  • Provided tables help organize the calculations and data
Cons

  • The answer key for the first section is there twice