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Population Education 

Population Education, a program of Population Connection, is the only national program with a strong emphasis on curriculum and professional development for K-12 educators that focuses on human population issues.

Since 1975, the Population Education has developed age-appropriate curricula to complement students’ science and social science instruction about human population trends and their impacts on natural resources, environmental quality and human well-being.

We provide hands-on professional development and teacher training to 10,000-12,000 teachers and student teachers annually in North America. Tens of thousands of teachers are introducing important population concepts to their students using these outstanding resources and millions of students are benefiting from them.

With an emphasis on hands-on learning and balanced discussion of different viewpoints, our program has earned a reputation for educational excellence. All Population Education curriculum materials are classroom-tested, rigorously evaluated, and frequently updated to be leaders in their content and approach. They are interdisciplinary, well-suited for a cooperative learning environment and classroom-ready. All of the materials are matched to current national and state academic standards and frameworks.

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Earth: The Apple of our Eye
A visual demonstration that illustrates the limits on farmland, making the importance of conservation clear. Only about 3 percent of the earth’s...
Population Growth to Climate Change: Preparing for the Impact of Global Trends
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Join Lindsey Bailey and Carol Bliese of Population Education , and Share My Lesson to discover hands-on activities and interactive online resources...
Crowding Can be Seedy
A classroom simulation followed by a gardening lab that gives students hands-on experience with the effects of increasing population density. To see...
Adding Armadillos
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
All living things have the ability to reproduce, thus perpetuating (and potentially increasing) the population of that species. In this activity,...
Millions and Billions
  • Multiple Subjects
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Millions and billions are big numbers. To understand the impacts of a large population, it is important to be able to conceptualize large numbers...
When the Chips are Down
All resources on the earth are limited and populations must compete for and share them. In this activity, students compete for global resources and...
Mysteries of the U.S. Pyramids
Students construct and interpret population pyramids (age-sex distribution charts) and discuss differences in population characteristics at different...
World of Difference
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
Biodiversity is important for maintaining the health and beauty of our planet’s ecosystems and for ensuring the survival of all species, including...
Moving Messages - Pop Videos
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
Students write, film and edit a short video that connects human population growth to one other global challenge and offer their idea for a...
Power of the Pyramids
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
The age/gender distribution of a population affects its growth rate and provides information on its past, present, and future growth patterns. By...