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Since 1975, the program 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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Population Education
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Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 2:46pm
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A visual demonstration that illustrates the limits on farmland, making the importance of conservation clear. Only about 3 percent of the earth’s...
Population Education
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Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 2:49pm
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  • Science
  • K-2, 3-5
A classroom simulation followed by a gardening lab that gives students hands-on experience with the effects of increasing population density. To see...
Population Education
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Monday, September 12, 2016 - 2:40pm
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  • Math
  • 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,...
Population Education
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  • Math
  • 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...
Population Education
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Monday, September 12, 2016 - 2:38pm
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  • Social Studies
  • 3-5, MS
All resources on the earth are limited and populations must compete for and share them. In this activity, students compete for global resources and...
Population Education
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Monday, September 12, 2016 - 2:37pm
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The age and gender distribution of a national population affects its growth rate. By creating age-sex distribution charts (often called “population...
Population Education
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Monday, September 12, 2016 - 2:35pm
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Biodiversity is important for maintaining the health and beauty of our planet’s ecosystems and for ensuring the survival of all species, including...
Population Education
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Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 2:48pm
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  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
In this lesson plan, students are challenged to develop a persuasive message by writing, filming and editing a video relating world population at 7...
Population Education
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Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 2:51pm
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The age/gender distribution of a population affects its growth rate and provides information on its past, present, and future growth patterns. By...
Population Education
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Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 2:10pm
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In the following activity, students will first read an overview about the challenges facing girls and women in some of the world’s less developed...