006 - Where in the World?

Factual Question:

How are people distributed throughout the world?

Debatable Question:

Should the global population be distributed more evenly?

Key Terminology

            • Sparsely populated
            • Densely populated
            • Under populated
            • Over populated
            • Optimum population
            • Carrying capacity

Throughout the lesson the words above will be defined. If you are still unsure of their meaning click on the link below for more details:


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Activity One - Skill

      1. Describe the global distribution of population.
      2. Describe the density of global population.
      3. Is there a link between where people live and the resources that can be found there? Explain your answer using no more than 500 words.
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Image Two - Population Density

Activity Two - Comprehension

Using the slide share below answer the following questions:


      1. Define the terms in the key terminology section.
      2. Draw a diagram to describe the concept of sparsely and densely populated areas.
      3. Give three examples of sparsely and densely populated areas.
      4. Why is one area more densely populated than another? We will fill in the padlet as a group and then the ideas will be discussed.

Activity Three - Essay

Your task is to write an essay which describes and explain the factors which effect population distribution and density. It can be hand written or typed.

You will need to include the following points:

        • A definition section of the key words
        • A table which will include at least 4 different countries or regions which are sparsely populated and densely populated.
        • A section describing and explaining the different physical factors which effect where people live.
        • A section describing and explaining the different human factors which effect where people live.
        • Examples - data to illustrate your ideas.
        • Bibliography

How will I be assessed?

Population Density - Assessment Criteria 10 - Individuals and Societies

Activity Four - The Perfect Amount of People?

      1. Using your own knowledge define the terms under, over and optimum population. We will discuss this as a group.
      2. Give an example of a country which is considered under populated.
      3. Give an example of a country which is considered over populated.
      4. Give an example of a country which is close to its optimum population.
      5. Ethiopia has a population of 73,053,300 and a land mass of 1,127,127.00 SqKm and is considered over populated but the UK has a population of 60,441,500 but only has a land mass of 244,820.00 SqKm and is considered to close to its optimum population. Why is this?
      6. What factors define whether a country is over populated or not?
      7. What might change a country from being over populated to having an optimum population or even to be considered under populated?

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Terminology