Each year, the world’s population gets closer and closer to 8 billion. How big is that anyways? Use this 3-part project to make that number real for your students. Then, create a bulletin board to show the rest of the school just how big the world's current population is.
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+ 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 the world's population really looks like!
If the average American consumes 2,000 calories a day and lives to be 75 years old, it would take 138 Americans a lifetime to consume that many 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 complete lesson and project kit:
- Teacher overview and detailed daily lesson plans
- Step-by-step simulation script and answer key
- Student-friendly project rubrics
- Editable bulletin board signage to display students' posters for the school
- Editable PowerPoint file of student directions, prompts, and sample posters
Student Materials & Activities
- World Population Simulation to shock students at just how big the current count of humankind is with simple grains of rice
- News Article & Video Annotating and Analysis to see a variety of mathematical comparisons of the world’s population
- World Population Comparison Poster Project to challenge students’ math and creativity
- Digital File link to a Google Slides file with copies of all student sheets
NOTE: Since the world's population changes, the student sheets intentionally don't include a specific number so they are never out of date. You will need to look up the current number prior to starting this lessons to reference the current number.
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