Explore everything from our historical and current world’s population trends to global industrialization to our eco footprint consumption of natural resources with this eye-opening activity 4-pack that supplements the high-quality and high-interest World in Balance and Earth in Peril materials published by PBS’s award-winning NOVA.
By the end of these activities, your students will able to:
- Analyze a variety of maps for population and environmental changes over time
- Argue how surging and declining population trends are equally alarming
- Articulate the environmental consequences of the world’s industrialization
recognizing the reality of current trends in order to be part of the solution moving forward.
The world’s population is too grand a number to truly understand. The concepts “climate change” or “global warming” is too vague to truly take seriously. These things need to be seen. In data, in visuals, in stories.
Through NOVA’s two-part documentary, World In Balance
, (“The People’s Paradox” and “China Revs Up”), students will see how billions of individual people’s choices are creating alarming consequences. Both videos are available for streaming online and links are provided.
Through two sets of map collections (“Earth in Peril” and “Human Numbers Through Time”), students will see how just the last few decades of population growth have had a tremendously negative affect on our planet’s vital resources.
Activities are completely independent of each other- pick and choose, space them out, save for emergency sub plans, or complete all in a row!
Included in this activity 4-pack:
- Overview and detailed daily lesson plans
- 16-slide editable PowerPoint slideshow with images, links, and student directions
Student Materials & Activities
- 2 Population Activities
to analyze historical growth and current trends by examining NOVA-produced data maps and documentary
- 2 Natural Resources Activities
to analyze the environmental costs of industrialization by examining additional NOVA-produced data maps and documentary
Want to make this into a larger unit?
Population Growth, Globalization, Natural Resources PBL Unit:
explore in-depth our growing population, interconnectedness, and eco footprints with multiple projects and a culminating DBQ essay
Population Growth, Globalization, Natural Resources PBL Mini Unit:
try this shorter unit that covers all the same topics in about half the time
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What’s My Eco Footprint PBL Mini Unit:
explore the topic of Earth's natural resources and the impact of one’s own footprint and compare it to the world’s
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--- Water PBL Unit:
explores the problems and solutions in maintaining this finite resource
--- Fossil Fuels PBL Unit:
explores the problems and solutions of our biggest addiction
--- Garbage PBL Unit:
explores the problems and solutions of our consumeristic, disposable lifestyles
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