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This year, the world’s population has hit 7.6 billion. How big is that anyways? Use this 3-part project to make that number real for your students.
Your students will end this project able to:
- See and articulate for themselves exactly what 7.6 billion looks like
- Annotate and analyze news sources on the topic
- Develop their own display using the perfect pairing of calculation and creativity
Greatness is appreciating what separates and connects one’s self with the rest of the world.
A million is beyond the comprehension of the human brain. How in the world can we truly understand what 7.6 billion looks like then?
Simple when you use a little math and a lot of creativity.
Guide your students through an opening simulation using grains of rice and gallon milk jugs, then enrich their grasp with various news articles and short videos (links included!), before embarking them to create their own creative display of what 7.6 billion really looks like!
If the average person consumes 2,000 calories a day and lives to be 75 years old, it would take 138 people a lifetime to consume 7,600,000,000 calories!
This 3-4 day project is great to keep on hand for those odd short weeks, the last few days before a break, or for a multiple-day sub in your geography, global issues, or world history class!
Included in this compete project:
- Unit overview and 2 pages of detailed daily lesson plans
- Step-by-step simulation script and answer key
- Rubrics (both CCSS-aligned and generic)
- Accompanying wall signage to make a bulletin board display out of all your students' posters for the rest of your school to learn from
- 15-slide editable PowerPoint file of student directions, prompts, and links
Student Materials & Activities
- World Population Simulation to shock students at just how big the current count of humankind is
- News Article & Video Annotating and Analysis to see variety of mathematical comparisons of the world’s population
- World Population Comparison Poster Project to challenge students’ math and creativity
- Bonus Skill Sheet Annotating a Text
Want to turn this into a whole unit?
World Population PBL Unit: explore our ever-growing population, extreme poverty, and global demographics
Check out these other Global Issues PBL units!
Globalization PBL Unit: explore the growth and shrinking of our global population, connectivity, and resources
--- Globalization PBL Mini Unit: explore all the same topics in about half the time
--- Competing in a Flat World PBL Mini Unit: explore the flattening of the world’s economy
--- What’s My Eco Footprint PBL Mini Unit: explore the impact of one’s footprint in comparison to the world’s
Sustainability PBL Unit: explores the ever increasing water, fossil fuel, and garbage footprints
--- 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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