For the Teacher:
Explanation of this Unit

This unit can be used as an introduction to the concepts of demographic/population geography.

In step 1, students will learn how to view data through Gapminder, a computer program that was created by demographer Hans Rosling http://www.gapminder.org/. Students are asked to find and explain relationships between various sets of data. Students will also create their own animated bubble graph using Google Documents.

In step 2 students will learn how to read and analyze population pyramids. They will test their knowledge by evaluating a population pyramid of Russia.

In step 3 students will learn about the theory of Demographic Transition and apply it to what they learned about population pyramids. They will be asked to show the relationship between the stages of DT and 2 population pyramids.

In step 4 students will use maps to compare demographic data and to make correlations. They hypothesize about possible reasons for the correlations they find.

Steps 5 and 6 Assessments: Students will use what they have learned about population studies to either create a Prezi that focuses on one country and the impact of population trends in that country or they will do field work to create a map using Google Maps or Picasa Photo-Mapping to analyze the impact of human population the local environment.

This unit is similar to the AP Human Geography Unit I teach at Armstrong High School in Plymouth MN. The lessons have been modified or new ones have been created to emphasize the use of Web 2.0 and other technology. It can be used as a free standing online based unit or one can use parts of this either in the classroom or online.

If you have any questions my email is greg_miller@rdale.org
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