Today we explored the world by the numbers. We aggregated the world's population down to 1000 people, and looked at the demographics. I've attached the powerpoint to the files section so that students can go back and look at the numbers on their own, if they'd like.
Students were surprised by a lot of the numbers. How few people, for example, live in North America. Additionally, what "North America" consists of (Canada, the U.S., and Mexico). How many people are unable to read, and wealth distribution across the globe. Throughout the slide presentation I asked students to simply THINK about what these figures meant. To consider how life expectancy changes culture, or how having a large number of young people in your community changes the needs of that community. To question how literacy affects society, or what wealth distribution really means.
Students were thoughtful and interested, and often surprised by the numbers they saw. I've asked them to keep the worksheets we began with today, so that we can do more with them on Monday. The worksheet can be found in the files section, along with the powerpoint (as a .pdf).
Nothing was turned in for a grade.