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Can We Turn the Population Tide?

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    How are the issues of population growth, food, the environment and social policy connected? Using an interactive timeline, a television story and public data sets, students will explore how human population has changed over time and what the impacts of those changes are.


    Environmental Studies, Geography, Social Studies

    Grade Level:


    Estimated Time:

    50 minutes

    Materials Needed:

    Computers with Internet access, student handout


    • Students will understand how the world's population has increased since 500 B.C.
    • Students will understand connections between policy, population growth, and resource management.
    • Students will create and analyze a graph.

    Concepts Covered:

    Population growth, human impact on the environment, family planning


    Susan Dodge, M.S. Ed for Creative Curriculum