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NCSS: Comparing and Contrasting Population Growth

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will compare and contrast the increase or decrease in the growth of certain historically significant cities, as well as the birthplace of immigrants coming to major cities during specific time periods. Groups discuss to reach a consensus.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Give each student a copy of the City Population Growth and Immigration Facts chart and Old versus New Immigration chart. In groups of 4 to 5, students will complete their own individual charts using the research they have obtained from the Internet and/or library resources in the previous activity and through their discussion of the questions the charts bring out.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Trace the history of immigration policy in the United States, from 1882 to the present, citing specific legislation.
  • Chart the growth of major cities in the United States, from 1800 to 1930.
  • Identify major trends as populations increased or decreased.
  • Identify the major trends in immigration patterns, including origins and numbers of immigrants and reasons for coming to the United States.
  • Determine the most significant geographic area for growth.
  • List the main reasons given in support of further restrictions against immigration, summarizing each argument.
  • List the main reasons given against further restrictions against immigrants, summarizing each argument.
  • After the Activity

    Collect the completed City Growth and Immigration Facts and Old versus New Immigration charts. Debrief the class by asking any or all of the questions on the Teacher's Debriefing Guide to stimulate students' thinking about the factors that helped major cities grow faster than others. Send the students the Activity 2 Debriefing Questions edc resource file and have students use their devices to answer the debriefing questions in the file.