Where Do We Grow from Here? Hands-on Human Geography


Within the past two centuries, as global population has grown from one to nearly eight billion, societies have left their indelible marks on the planet’s landscape. Our agricultural footprint, industrial footprint, deforestation and growing urbanization have changed ecosystems and the atmosphere. As our global family continues to grow and gain affluence, what will be the future for this human-made landscape?

In this hands-on session, the presenter will engage participants in experiential activities that address the connections between population, resource use and urbanization. Topics to be covered include land use, resource extraction, pollution, and habitat loss. Activity formats include simulations, strategy games, and analysis of real-world data. Participants will receive lesson plans and background readings in an electronic format.

The presenter will begin the session with an interactive discussion of the concepts to be addressed. She will then engage participants in a series of hands-on activities and discussion. Activity formats include cooperative group problem solving, graphing and data analysis, role-playing simulations and debate. Participants will receive activity instructions, data charts and background readings on a password-protected website.

Objectives: At the end of this session, what will participants know and be able to do?

Participants will be able to facilitate interdisciplinary lessons that further students’ understanding of key human geography concepts including human population growth, resources use, and trends in urbanization. They will also be able to illustrate to students how to apply their knowledge and data on these issues to solving authentic problems.

Target Audience

Grades 9-12


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  • Pete Bailey