Why study human population?

Which are the most heavily populated nations on Earth?  Take the quiz to find out.



 Lesson 1: Why study human population?

Watch the video below. Afterwards, write down as many questions as you can that you think need to be answered in relation to world population. As a class, you will generate a list of questions to be researched.

Which of these statistics do you think has changed the most in the last ten years? Fact check! Record the most recent statistics  and facts in your Humanities Journal. Remember to add a margin, date, title and to organize your information neatly.

Population terminology: You need to know, understand and be able to use the following words in your assessments for this unit:
Each student will be given one word from the list of terminology. On a piece of A4 paper you should:
a) Write the word
b) Define the word
c) Illustrate the word
d) Write a sentence with the word in it.
Finally you will be expected to explain your word to the rest of the class.  Here is an example:
                         How can we understand world population growth?
  • Pair share the key vocabulary you researched at home
  • Here is a class activity to illustrate the growth of population over time:
Why is population growth worth understanding?
Here, Hans Rosling of GapMinder talks us through some of the implications of population growth….

Can our planet sustain population growth?

  • The Earth as an Apple: Apple provocation
  • Each group will be given some questions. Match these to the follow up statements in your groups

Here are the group activities:

  • Here are some useful resources to get you on your way:

Apple life expectancy and malnutrition

Apple forest and soil

Finally, why study population at all?

This video explains clearly the importance of demographics: