Population Density Teacher Resources

How dense is the population where you live? How does it affect food distribution, elections, public health, or pollution in your area? What countries have comparable population density?

Young anthropologists can learn about population density in a variety of ways. First, teach the basics of population density with a geography resource on populations across the world, and a lesson that compares population density in European Countries to China, Russia, and the United States. Additionally, an activity takes a closer look at the United States and compares population density of various states to Canada.

Math classes can incorporate population density with a hands-on activity that uses peas on a grid to demonstrate the concepts, and then rank countries by their density. For social studies, explore the density of coastal populations, and see how food distribution in the American South compares to populations in India.

Science students can view a presentation that covers all aspects of the human impact on the ecosystem. For example, a dense population can have higher levels of carbon monoxide as well, according to a science lab activity, and can contribute to the spread of communicable disease.

Check out more teacher-curated resources on population density in our directory below. We’ve got your human geography curriculum needs covered!

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The European Union

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is the European Union and why was it formed? The six resources in this collection provide background information about the formation of the Union, its members, and the programs it has developed to foster peace and unity.
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Social Studies: Area and Population Density

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Math scholars of many ages examine the concept of population density and then discuss the significance of the population densities of Minnesota and China. They figure the population density of their school.
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Population Density

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine world population density and population distribution. They create pie charts showing population distribution and analyze population patterns in the United States and major regions of the world. They identify...
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The Geography of Europe

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is the European Union? Where is it? Why is it? To begin a study of the EU, class members examine the physical geography of Europe and the size and population density of 28-member countries in comparison to non-member countries like...
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Population Density

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research and describe Canadian demographics focusing on population density in various cities. They access current information using the Internet, take a quiz, complete worksheets and gain practice using an Atlas.
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A Look at the Population Density of the United States

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers locate and extract census data. They produce population density maps of the United States in different scales and analyze population density maps by observing patterns and drawing conclusions.
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Population Density in the Ghettos

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Students make calculations of population density to recognize the stressful conditions experienced by European ghetto dwellers due to high population density and scarcity of resources.
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How Big is Big?

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Geography learners compare and contrast population densities throughout the world. Using maps, they estimate the relative size of the world's regions and populations. They develop analogies to discover the world they live in and...
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Carbon Monoxide and Population Density

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders investigate the carbon monoxide level at a fixed latitude. They determine if there is a relationship to population density. They download data sets and generate a graph. They determine a link between human activity and...
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Population Density in the Ghettos

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine population density in Jewish ghettos. In this Holocaust lesson, students calculate population density of cities around the world using the provided information. Students then discuss the implications of high population...
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Population Density

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use the scientific method to conduct an experiment and use varied methods to gather background information. They correctly use lab equipment and prepare tables and graphs that organize, conclude, and present their findings. ...
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Population and Population Density

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read and interpret graphs. In this population lesson, students explore population and population density as they read several data graphs and respond to questions.
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Size It Up: Map Skills

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Compare information from a US population cartogram and a standard US map. Learners draw conclusions about population density by analyzing census data a population distribution. They discover that census data is used to apportion seats in...
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Where is Everybody?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students collect data from different grade levels at their school and develop thematic maps which show population density, and determine how this might affect the school and themselves in the future.
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How Humans Made Malaria So Deadly

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Combine agriculture and an increase in population density in sub-Saharan Africa and what do you get? Malaria! Young immunologists explore malaria's deadly rise to fame in a video. The narrator discusses its beginnings as a hitchhiking...
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Comparative Geography I

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Learners use population density and other statistics to compare countries. They find the population density for the countries listed in the table. Students compare findings with a partner, and then share with the class.
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The Effects of Limited Space on a Culture

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Young scholars predict the impact of population density on shelter, transportation, recreation, land use, and social skills and then research that impact on Japan. They write a response about the impact of population density on...
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Changes in Ecosystems

For Students 9th - 10th
In this changes in ecosystems instructional activity, students complete 21 various types of questions related to ecosystem. First, they determine whether each statement is true or false based on vocabulary. Then, students determine...
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Population of Utah

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Utah is a large state, but what about it's population density? Pupils use a diagram of the state of Utah to estimate its area. Using the calculated area and the given population density, learners determine an estimate for the population...
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People and Places

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Graph growth in the US. Given population and area data for the United States for a period of 200 years, class members create graphs to interpret the growth over time. Graphs include population, area, population density, and population...
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Populations, Communities, and Ecosystems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Introduce ecology and focuses on the first three levels: populations, communities, and ecosystems. An engaging presentation includes descriptions of exponential growth, population density, adaptations, depression versus baby boom,...
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Carbon Monoxide and Population Density

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders investigate the carbon monoxide level at a fixed latitude to determine if there is a relationship to population density. They download data sets and generate a graph, and find locations using the Earth's coordinate system....
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Populations and Human Impact on the Ecosystem

For Teachers 7th - 12th
A respectful resource is available to support your ecology lecture. Introduce the population concepts of limiting factors and carrying capacity and then examine the example of a deer population in northern Arizona. Take a look at the...
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Location, Location: Coastal Living

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Class members examine a population density map to discover that a concentration of the world's people lives near oceans rather than inland. Discuss the challenges of living on the coast, especially as the water levels rise due to the...

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