The Science of Overpopulation

The population of the US increased 300 percent in the 20th century, but the use of raw materials increased by 1,700 percent. Explore human population growth over time with a video that examines the history of why such growth has occurred and what that means for the future. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners explore human population growth and carrying capacity to predict the future of the human population
  • Read Tragedy of the Commons as a class and discuss
Classroom Considerations

  • Comments on YouTube may not be appropriate for school; be careful when projecting the video
  • Narrator uses some colorful language
Pros

  • Uses high-quality graphics and images
  • Can use closed captioning to keep up with the speed of the narrator
  • Engaging topic and information
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS