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Lessons and other resources for learning to care about, understand and act for the environment

LESSON LIBRARY

  1. Environmental Principles
  2. Systems and Processes of Nature
  3. Systems and Processes of Society
  4. Environments and Resources
  5. Environmental Problems
  6. Investigating and Understanding Environmental Problems
  7. Solving Environmental Problems
  8. Taking Action

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Lessons about Population

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Lessons - stand alone activities with specific learning objectives

World Population Data Sheet - Middle School to High School. These lessons use a searchable database on world population that can be displayed as a map, chart or table and downloaded into excel. Vocabulary and concepts covered include population size, rate of natural increase, birth rate, death rate, infant mortality rate, total fertility rate, life expectancy and age distribution.

Population Dynamics - Middle School to High School. The size of the human population and its pattern of growth are influenced by the physical setting and by many aspects of culture: economics, politics, technology, history, and religion. In this activity you'll investigate the causes and consequences of population growth and the environmental factors that contribute to it.

The Demographics of Mortality - High School. In this activity, students utilize internet research skills to explore some of the factors that can affect the size and rate of growth of human populations. ScienceNet Links

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Curriculum - multiple, connected and sequenced activities

Population Growth - High School. This series of activities explores the environmental and mathematical aspects of population growth. How fast is the population growing? Has it always grown at this rate? Are the populations of different countries growing differently? How can we predict the population in the future? How will a growing population impact the environment? There are nine lessons, each taking about 45 minutes. Lessons are intended for math or environmental science students. Activities 1. Population Explosion; 2) Factors in Population Growth; 3) Population Rate of Change; 4) Population Growth Rates; 5) Population Histograms; 6) Modeling Population Growth; 7) Exponential Models & Constant Growth Rate Model; 8) Exponential Models and Continuous Change Model; 9) Impact of a Growting Population. Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education.

 

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Books - and other readings

 

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Games & Stewardship Activities - outdoor, on-line, board, etc.

Collapse - Middle School to High School. Explore the collapse of four ancient civilizations. You'll learn what happens when a society collapses and how archaeologists find and interpret evidence. You can visit the Maya city of Copán and search for clues to its collapse. You can also try your hand at "garbage-ology" and study what trash can tell us about a society. Annenberg Learner

 

 

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Videos - short, topical on-line videos

Population Connection - Middle School to High School. Short (~ 6 minutes) video that illustrates the rate of population growth from 1 C.E. to 2050 in different parts of the globe. See how China and India fill in before Europe, the spread of black death in the middle ages and the impact of European discovery of the Americas before watching the global population explode.

Population Growth Box by Box - Middle School to High School. A ten minute video by Hans Rosling showing the links among child mortality, family size, povert and population growth. Plust some great graphics. TED Talks.

Religions and Babies - Middle School to High School. A 13 minute video of Hans Rosling showing the relation between the number of children per women, religion, poverty, women's education, women in the labor force, family planning. and conflict. It may not be what you think. Plus some great graphics. TED Talks.

 

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Movies - feature length movies and documentaries

 

 

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Stewardship Activities

 

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Links to regional, state, national and international organizations

 

 

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