Activity worksheet for analysing pyramids
Population Pyramid – Vietnam and own country case study
|Task||Population Pyramid Analysis|
|Concepts Covered||Population growth, consequences, Cohorts|
|Terms||SOLO, Cohort, Population Pyramid|
|| # Pre-teaching of the concept of Population Pyramids, Construction of a population Pyramid.
|Adaptation||The approach to this task has used the SOLO questioning technique of Biggs, J.B. & Collis, K.F. (1982). Evaluating the Quality of Leaning. The SOLO Taxonomy, Academic Press, New York and can be adapted to all curriculum areas.|
|Page size of work sheets||A4|
|Number of pages in worksheet||4|
- Introduce the topic and tasks to the students.
- Discuss with the students what population pyramids are and how they can be interpreted. Introduce the term “Cohort”.
- Have the students complete the worksheet.
|| Students work through two tasks. The first task examines the population pyramid for Vietnam in the year 2000 and asks students to analyse various parts of the pyramid. The task then goes on to examine the implications of the pyramid for planning in 2025.
|| Task 2 asks the students to examine the population pyramid for their own country and look at similarities and differences between the two countries. Students analyse various parts of the pyramid and examine the implications for government spending in 2025.
As a class discuss the various ideas that the students have presented in their final table.
- Create a class summary of the key ideas developed by the students in their summary table. Present the summary to the students.
- Get students to create a population pyramid based on ages of family members. Develop questions, which examine implications for their community, based on the results.
- Compare the Vietnam population Pyramid with Two “developed” and two “developing” countries. Get the students to work through the same questions as in Task 2.
- Population pyramid handout
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