About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Human Population chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Population and biotic potential||Death, birth, emigration, immigration, carrying capacity, and environmental resistance|
|Tuesday||History and theories of population||Pre-agricultural, agricultural and industrial periods; carrying capacity, Malthus' theory of human population growth, and exponential growth|
|Wednesday||Demographics||Per capita income, developed nations and developing nations, poverty, birth rate, death rate, infant mortality, age structure, stages of demographic transition|
|Thursday||Population distribution and size||Characteristics of thriving and underdeveloped nations, rural vs. urban areas, resource consumption, natural resources, renewable and nonrenewable resources, and carbon footprint|
|Friday||Urban population||Urbanization, adequate housing, compact development, over-consumption, overpopulation, and the strain on the Earth's resources|
1. The Human Population: Factors that Affect Population Size
The human population is constantly changing. In this lesson, we will explore the factors that cause increases and decreases in the human population, including births, deaths, immigration, and emigration.
2. Biotic Potential and Carrying Capacity of a Population
When you look around, you can see a number of different individuals and species. In this lesson, we will explore the factors that control and define how many organisms can really inhabit a particular ecosystem or habitat.
3. The History of Human Population Growth and Carrying Capacity
Most of us are used to the current size of the human population but it was not always this large. In this lesson, we will explore the history of human population growth and the future of its growth.
4. Thomas Malthus' Theory of Human Population Growth
In this lesson, we will explore the ideas of Thomas Malthus and his predictions for the growth of the human population. We will also investigate if his predictions have come true or not.
5. Economic Inequality: Differences in Developed and Developing Nations
Not everyone has the same house, the same car, or makes the same amount of money. In this lesson, we will explore the concept of economic inequality and investigate what characteristics make a nation developed or developing.
6. Poverty, Carrying Capacity, Population Growth & Sustainability
Worldwide poverty is a large issue. In this lesson, we will explore how poverty influences population growth rates and how these things relate to carrying capacity and global sustainability.
7. What Is Demographic Transition? - Definition & Stages
There are many differences between non-industrial and industrial countries. In this lesson, we will explore the concept of demographic transition and the stages that guide a country through its changes into an industrial country.
8. Population Characteristics of Highly Developed & Developing Countries
The population of a country is based on many factors. In this lesson, we will explore several important factors that differ between developed and developing countries.
9. Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas
The distribution of people varies depending in the type of location. In this lesson, we will explore how people are distributed between rural and urban areas and how these populations have changed over time.
10. Population Size: Impacts on Resource Consumption
What are the things you need to survive? Humans all need resources, and in this lesson, we will discuss how the growth of the human population is influencing the natural resources we rely on.
11. Urban Population Growth and Compact Development
The population growth rates in urban areas are on the rise, and as more people move to cities, there are many problems that can occur. We will discuss several issues associated with this growth and also a potential method for minimizing the effects.
12. Overpopulation vs. Overconsumption
How many people can the Earth support? In this lesson, we will explore population growth and some of the concerns associated with this growth, including overpopulation and overconsumption.
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