Has the world's population distribution changed much over time? Does AIDS have a significant impact on population growth? When could world population stop growing? These popular lesson plans have been updated in July 2009.

Find out the answers to these questions and more.

The sections listed below explore eight elements of population dynamics. Charts and graphs supplement each topic with one full-sized chart (in PDF) suitable for class distribution or transparencies. Along with each topic are a frequently asked question and glossary terms. Teacher's guides with discussion questions and web resources are also included in each section. For further investigation see also the most recent World Population Data Sheet.

Grade level: middle to high school
Time required: one week
Subjects: social studies, geography, and world history

Population Growth

Future Growth 

Migration 

Change 

Urbanization 

Women 

Health 

Environment