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# Analyzing and Interpreting Population Pyramids & Dependency Ratio

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Analyzing and Interpreting Population Pyramids & Dependency Ratio

In this lesson, students learn to analyze and interpret the various types and shapes of population pyramids.

Students will begin to see that certain features and shapes are often associated with particular population structures e.g. a wide base indicates a high birth rate, a narrow apex often indicates a high death rate, etc. and also the Demographic Transition Model.

Within the lesson, students will be expected to apply this new knowledge and understanding by analyzing and interpreting a population pyramid from a country of their own choosing.

Students also learn how variations in shape and size also relate to the dependency ratio (the amount of the population that is dependent on the working population) of a particular country. Students practice calculating and interpreting dependency ratio through a number of examples.

These slides can also be printed and displayed within the classroom or given to students as review notes.

Previous lesson: Constructing and Interpreting Population Pyramids - Introductory Activity

Next lesson: Youthful and Ageing Populations: Causes, Effects, and Responses

Note: These activities are part of my Population Dynamics Unit - the scope and sequence plans of this unit and associated formative and summative tasks are also available. See below.

Introduction to Global Human Population Growth Lesson & Activities
Global Population Trends and Patterns - Plotting & Analyzing Data
Population Distribution and Density - Worksheet and Activity
Factors Affecting Birth and Death Rates - Mind Mapping and Answer Key
Demographic Transition Model - Student Handout
Demographic Transition Model - Activity Worksheetk
Demographic Transition Model - PowerPoint
Demographic Transition Model - Questions
Demographic Transition Model - Limitations - Student Handout
Constructing and Interpreting Population Pyramids - Introductory Activity
Analyzing and Interpreting Population Pyramids & Dependency Ratio
Youthful and Ageing Populations: Causes, Effects, & Responses
A Response to Population Issues: Population Policies PowerPoint
Population Dynamics - Case Study Analysis Summative Task + Student Samples
Population Dynamics Unit - MYP Humanities/Social Studies
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28 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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