A great cross-curricular activity that gets kids to connect with the mathematics and engage in meaningful classroom discussion.
To begin this activity, students interact with the process and benefits of collecting state population data. This provides a "low entry point" and easy buy in for students, without too much technical math. The students then sort the graphs of state population growth into linear and exponential groups. Finally, students research the population growth of states that decreased in population between two decades to explain the population loss on the graph.