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Web Quest Title: Population     

Author:  Patsy Hinton             

Date: March 15, 2003

Dear Colleague: 

This unit is designed to introduce students to the possible cause and effects that may result due to anticipated changes in population globally. There is a Power Point presentation to introduce the unit and subsequent activities. This unit includes a Population Web Quest where students will use the Internet to investigate the the demographics of a specific country . Next, students will review changes predicted in population for the year 2025. The unit will conclude with an population evaluation on the topic of the students' choice.

Unit Summary:

Goals/Objectives: 

  1. Students will be introduced to population key terms.
  2. Students will review information concerning anticipate population changes for the year 2025.
  3. Students will have a understanding of what variables contribute to population causes and effects.

Days:

8  Days (45 minute classes)

Content: 

The content for this unit will focus on basic population terms and the anticipated population changes expected for the future. Student will learn which variables are used in making these predictions concerning population and the possible effects of these changes. 

Methods:

Students will work independently and cooperatively throughout this unit. The teacher will introduce the unit with a Power Point presentation and group discussion. The during this unit students will complete a Web Quest activity.

Web Quest  Summary:

Goals/Objectives:

  1. Students will choose a country to research. They will look at the following variables: crude birth rate, life expectancy, total fertility rate. The will use this information and explain what factors contribute to the numbers they found for each of the variables. They will create a poster with a map of the their researched country and should include the information for each variable with possible causes and effects. 

    Days:  3 or 4 Days (45 minute classes)

    Content:

Students will use the Internet to gather population information for their Web Quest final project.

    Methods:

Cooperative learning project. Groups of three or four students will complete the Web Quest final project.

 

Teachers' Resources

Unit Information:
    

Background Resources

Teacher Background Resources
www.coedu.usf.edu/internetsafety/

http://webquest.sdsu.edu/

http://www.ncss.org/
http://webquest.sdsu.edu/
http://www.pop.org/

http://demograph.anu.edu.au/VirtualLibrary

Web Quest Teacher Resources
www.teachsociology.com
www.worldpop.org/prbdata.htm
 http://www.census.gov/
 www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/index.html

Student Background Resources
 http://www.pop.org/
 http://www.prb.org/
 http://www.un.org/
 www.cato.org/testimony/ct-ps720.htm
www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html
Web Quest Student Resources
www.nationalgeopgraphic.com/resources/ngo/education/
www.worldpop.org/prbdata.htm
www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/index.html
http://demograph.anu.edu.au/VirtualLibrary


Unit Lesson Sequence
 


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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Interactive Lecture Population In this lesson students will be introduced to population and demographics. Population Study PowerPoint
 Form Groups Place students in groups of three or four for the key term activity and Web Quest project.  
Cooperative Learning Project Students will use their textbook, Sociology and You, to create a graphic organizer to explain population key terms. Jigsaw terms Key Term Overhead
     
     
     
     

 


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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Discussion Review key term graphic organizers from day 1  Key Term Overhead
Introduction to Web Quest Activity Give students an opportunity to review the Web Quest. Question and answer session. Internet Access
Cooperative Learning Web Quest Time Internet Access
     
     
     
     

Day 3    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Discussion Address class questions and concerns  
Cooperative Learning Web Quest Time  Internet
     
     
     
     
     

Day 4    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Discussion Address class questions and concerns  
Cooperative Learning Web Quest Time Internet
Discussion Remind students that this is the class day. Final Web Quest projects due tomorrow.  
     
     
     
     

Day 5    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
 Discussion Collect Web Quest Projects   
Opening Students will identify changes in population for the future. Use student responses to set up the following activity.  
Independent work Students will use the information from the World Population Data Sheet, 1999. (Found on page 537 of the Sociology and You textbook) Color code a map with the percentages of population changes expected for the first six areas detailed in the charts. Textbook Sociology and You. Print world map from Power Point presentation.
     
     
     
     

Day 6    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
 Round the room Students will have an opportunity to review each groups' final Web Quest projects. Students will record responses concerning student work for each project. Response sheet handouts
Discussion  Explain student unit evaluation Population Evaluation Handout
Independent Work Final Evaluations Internet
     
     
     
     

Day 7    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Independent Work Final Evaluations Internet
     
     
     
     
     
     

Day 8    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Independent Work Final Evaluations last day of class time. Due Monday. Internet
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

Conclusion:

Students will have an introduction to population and demographics. Students will have an opportunity research a specific country and apply the key term of population to get an idea of what the population demographics are for that country. Students will then look at what are some of the anticipated population changes expected globally. Finally, students will address a particular area of population concern for the unit evaluation.

Credits/References:

 

 

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