Social Studies - World Geography
WG Strand 2: POPULATION DISTRIBUTION AND MIGRATION
The movement and distribution of people is influenced by many factors, including environmental, cultural, economic, and geopolitical forces. These migration trends alter geographic conditions. Geographers use data to understand population distribution and migration by looking at population characteristics, push and pull factors, and numerous other variables. Analyzing this data offers an opportunity to examine complex and challenging real-world issues.
Possible Guiding Questions to Consider:
- Why do people live where they live?
- Why do people move, sometimes at great risk to themselves?
- How might population trends influence aspects of daily life at local, regional, or global scales?
- Why do urbanization patterns differ around the world?
- How can governmental policies have both intended and unintended consequences for population and migration?
- What are the costs and benefits of mass urbanization?
- How do geographers use demographic data to make informed decisions?
American Fact Finder
This powerful tool from the US Census Bureau allows users to find statistics and maps of US states, counties, and cities. Checkout population, housing, demographics and more.
CIA World Fact Book
The U.S. government's complete geographical handbook, featuring full-color maps and flags of all nations and geographical entities. Each country profile tracks such demographics as population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and economic data.
Off to Interactive Island
This activity provides a fun way to explore concept of economic decision making. In the lesson, students are given a limited number of tokens and asked to exchange those tokens for goods in preparation for pioneering in a new land. They are then asked to identify what they have left behind and give reasons for their choices. Finally, they are asked to identify the costs and benefits and the opportunity costs of their choices.
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