TEACHER MATERIALS
GRAPHING POPULATION GROWTH (ANSWER KEY)
Directions: Look at the graph showing human population graph bet...
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STUDENT MATERIALS
GRAPHING POPULATION GROWTH
Directions: Look at the graph showing human population graph betw...
Name: Date:
STUDENT MATERIALS
GRAPHING POPULATION GROWTH
BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 9.1 ACTIVITY
10,000 9,000 8,000 7,00...
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Graphing Population Growth

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Over 10,000 years of life, death, and human population growth. What trends can you find?

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Graphing Population Growth

  1. 1. TEACHER MATERIALS GRAPHING POPULATION GROWTH (ANSWER KEY) Directions: Look at the graph showing human population graph between 10,000 years ago and today, and then respond to the questions below. Be prepared to share your answers with your class. 1. How would you describe human population growth in the first 5,000 years represented in the graph? • Human population appears to grow slightly. • Population growth is not very dramatic. 2. How would you describe human population growth in the next 5,000 years represented in the graph? • There is greater growth and variation in this period. • Population rises more dramatically in the first 3,000 years. • Population rises even more in the last 2,000. • A few hundred years show incredibly rapid growth. 3. What are two periods in the last 5,000 years where population rises and then drops or levels off? • Human population growth began about 2,500 years ago. • It peaked around 2,000 years ago, and then seems to have dropped. • Population rose about 1,000 years ago, grew for a few hundred years, and then showed a decline. 4. Can you think of a reason for either of these instances of population drop or leveling off? • The decline that began 2,000 years ago may relate to the fall of major empires (Rome, Han China, and Gupta India) and the turmoil associated with these events. • The decline that began about 700 years ago is linked to a devastating outbreak of the bubonic plague. 5. When did the most dramatic rise in human population begin? • This rise began just a few hundred years ago. (It will be hard for the students to be very precise because the graph covers a lot of time and does not allow for too much precision.) 6. How does this population rise compare to earlier ones? • No other period represented on the graph has such a dramatic rise in population BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 9.1 ACTIVITY
  2. 2. Name: Date: STUDENT MATERIALS GRAPHING POPULATION GROWTH Directions: Look at the graph showing human population graph between 10,000 years ago and today, and then respond to the questions below. Be prepared to share your answers with your class. 1. How would you describe human population growth in the first 5,000 years represented in the graph? 2. How would you describe human population growth in the next 5,000 years represented in the graph? 3. What are two periods in the last 5,000 years where population rises and then drops or levels off? 4. Can you think of a reason for either of these instances of population drop or leveling off? 5. When did the most dramatic rise in human population begin? 6. How does this population rise compare to earlier ones? BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 9.1 ACTIVITY
  3. 3. Name: Date: STUDENT MATERIALS GRAPHING POPULATION GROWTH BIG HISTORY PROJECT / LESSON 9.1 ACTIVITY 10,000 9,000 8,000 7,000 6,000 5,000 4,000 3,000 2,000 1,000 0 YEARS BEFORE PRESENT 7,000 6,000 5,000 4,000 3,000 2,000 1,000 0 POPULATION(MILLIONS)

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