Posted by: jwhiff | July 18, 2018

MN3: Largest Countries (Population)

If you don’t follow up the largest countries (area) post with this one on population, you are missing out on an interesting opportunity to delve deep into issues concerning population density.  More of the full explanation will follow! If this is not a follow up lesson, it is still interesting as a stand alone.

If you need more information about the Mystery Numbers Process, please click each heading for more information.

Here is this week’s Number List:

260,580,739

132,257,519

204,924,861

1,397,302,771

190,632,261

126,451,398

1,281,935,911

157,826,578

207,353,391

326,625,791

Unit = people

Expert Source = CIA World Fact Book

Country List:

Brazil

China

Canada

Pakistan

Bangladesh

Mexico

USA

Nigeria

France

Russia

India

Japan

Indonesia

United Kingdom

I would present students with a population density map to help them narrow down which regions appear to be most populated. Have them make their initial lists before presenting them with the country list. Then it’s back to the maps!

Once the final lists are done, it’s time for the Big Reveal.

I recommend moving on to an examination of population density once you are done. It’s an incredibly interesting opportunity for some deep inquiry: MN4 (Population Density)


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