Introduce, explore, and practice population density calculations with this engaging, in-depth resource.
Included are four parts. Use them all, or choose the ones that best suit your class.
Part 1: Use this activity to introduce students to population density. Students explore population density of a square mile in a rural, urban, and suburban area. Part 1 is meant to get students thinking about a square mile and what population density means.
Part 2: This activity requires research and will make students think. It could be used as homework or an in-class activity with technology. Students research population density of their own city and cities around the world.
Part 3: Use this 2-page activity to practice calculating population density, as well as calculating area or population from a given population density. Questions that follow are opinion-based and make students think deeper about the benefits and drawbacks of densely populated areas (such as where they would want to be during a zombie outbreak).
Part 4: The final part is an optional extension that involves writing. Assign (or let them choose) a city for each student. Based on their city’s population and population density, each student will decide if a proposed bill would work in their city.
Common Core Standard:
Apply concepts of density based on area and volume in modeling situations (e.g., persons per square mile, BTUs per cubic foot).
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