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Beyond Population - Using Different Types of Density to Understand Land Use

Beyond Population - Using Different Types of Density to Understand Land Use

Activity Description

Using Different Types of Density

Students will use images, U.S. Census Bureau data, and interactive maps to visualize and calculate arithmetic (population), agricultural, and physiological densities at local, regional, and national scales. They will also transfer their calculations to bar graphs.

Suggested Grade Level

12

Approximate Time Required

180 Minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify and explain where and why density is highest along four major U.S. interstates.
  • Students will be able to calculate arithmetic (population), agricultural, and physiological densities at the state and national levels.
  • Students will be able to design and create bar graphs to visualize and compare the density levels of a U.S. state with national levels.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 19 pages; it contains images that should be printed in color.
  • Calculators
  • Colored pencils
  • Teacher computer with Internet access and a projector to display web sites

A computer with Internet access for each student is preferred but optional.

Activity Items

The following items are part of this activity.

  • Beyond Population: Definitions
  • Density Analysis Images

This activity also uses the following online tools:

  • U.S. Census Interactive Map – “I-95 Population Density Profile, 2010”
  • U.S. Census Interactive Map – “I-5 Population Density Profile, 2010”
  • U.S. Census Interactive Map – “I-10 Population Density Profile, 2010”
  • U.S. Census Interactive Map – “I-90 Population Density Profile, 2010”

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Applying
Blooms Taxonomy

Students will apply their understanding of density and create bar graphs that show the population density at state and national levels.

Subject

High School Geography

Topics

  • Agricultural density
  • Arithmetic (population) density
  • Human population characteristics
  • Physiological density

Skills Taught

  • Calculating density
  • Creating a bar graph
  • Reading and interpreting maps

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