We have created a Sample Lesson Plan based on recent articles on world population. The grades for which the questions may be appropriate are indicated after each prompt.


Read both the articles and answer the following questions.

Comprehension and Knowledge:

  1. What is the population on Earth expected to be by the United Nations in the year 2050 [3-5][6-8]
  2. Summarize the article in your own words. Limit your response to 100 words.[3-5][6-8]

Analysis & Critical Thinking:

  1. Explain the concern of world leaders with regard to population. Point out two issues that have not been addressed by this article. [3-5][6-8]
  2. What are some of the ways you would tackle the issue if you were the leader of India or China?[6-8]
  3. How would you deal with the population issue in your country if you were the leader of Japan?[6-8]


  1. Draw a graph using the data provided in chart “World population estimates milestones (USCB)” Remember to use the correct data on the X and Y axis and label the chart correctly. [3-5][6-8]
  2. Using the same table, establish the rate of growth of population per year when the population went up from 5 billion to 6 billion. Which period has the fastest growth in population. By how much? [6-8]
  3. Read the notes on Malthusian theory and explain the geometric growth of population with the arithmetic growth of food that Malthus predicted. Use a simple example using numbers to explain it to a third grader in your own words.  [6-8]


  1. Draw a timeline of population growth from 1-7 billion and point out any event in history that happened in that time period that you have marked. [3-5]
  2. How has population growth historically been addressed? [6-8]
  3. What events in history do you think may have caused population growth to occur at an increasing rate each year? You can be creative in your response. [6-8]
  4. Who was Rev Thomas Malthus and what were his predictions about world population (read the notes on Malthusian theory)? Do you subscribe to his opinions, if so why, if not why not? [6-8]


  1. Create a poster showing what the population growth means to you. [3-5]
  2. You are the artist enlisted to create a brochure for the Ministry of Human Resources and Development for Nigeria. Your task is to create a one page poster for the country to be used for educating the local community about the risk of a severe population explosion. Keep in mind the sensitivities of the people in that country, their cultures and customs, and their state of development, economically and politically.[6-8]

Political Science

  1. Is there one political structure which can help the most populous nations deal with the problem better than others? Explain the reason for your choice. [6-8]
  2. Do you believe the communist China’s population program of “One Child Policy”is the right solution for the problem? Compare and contrast the experiences of a democratic country such as India and a communist regime such as China in dealing with the problem. [6-8]


  1. Using the outline of the world map below, color all the countries that have a population over one billion. Use the table provided in the notes of the article. [3-5][6-8]
  2. Is there a geographical pattern to the areas where population is growing faster vs where population is falling? [3-5][6-8]
  3. Label the capital of the countries mentioned in the article. [3-5][6-8]
  4. Explain the similarities and differences of the people in countries where population is increasing and where population is falling. [6-8]
  5. Compare the colored areas with other countries which have a larger land area and comment on the following. [6-8]
  • What conclusions can you draw among the nations that have population above 1 bn.
  • What conclusions can your draw between these countries and others with respect to land area?



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erica.matthews December 22, 2014 - 4:34pm

this was helpful