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Math TODAY - World Population in 2050

Published on 10/27/2004

Activity Overview

The data in the USA TODAY Snapshot "World Population in 2050" is in a relative frequency form. Students will use the percents to calculate the population for each of the continents shown and then display this data as a bar graph.

Before the Activity

See the attached Teacher Edition PDF file for notes and guidelines for this activity. The Technology Guide PDF file includes step-by-step calculator instructions with screen shots.

If you are using the TI-Navigator™ Classroom Learning System, see the TI-Navigator Basic Skills Guide PDF file for information on how the system can be integrated into your activity.

During the Activity

Students will:

  • Display univariate data in a bar graph.
  • Calculate percent change (increase and decrease) in a population.


  • Directions:
  • Distribute the Student Edition PDF file to your class.
  • Follow the activity procedures outlined in the student document.
  • You may use the Transparency PDF file to display a large image of the USA TODAY® graphic during the activity.
  • After the Activity

    Distribute the assessment questions or send the attached LearningCheck™ assessment to your class to gauge student understanding of the concepts presented in the activity.