Five's a Crowd

It is as dense as pea soup. Pupils model population density by spreading peas on grids. They play a game by ranking states or countries in order by population density.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Though not designed for a high school course, use the activity to introduce modeling using density concepts
Classroom Considerations

  • Individuals should know how to calculate population density
  • Requires dried peas and access to state or country population and area

  • Includes suggested assessment questions
  • Provides answers to questions

  • One set of teacher questions with correct responses confuses communities A and B
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