India on course to top the pops

This article provides middle school students with the opportunity to use basic numeracy skills by discussing population growth throughout the world.

Quite often students encounter large numbers such as 1 million or 1 billion but do not have a strong sense of what these figures actually represent. Students could be asked to write out 7.9 billion in place value form. This article could lead into a discussion relating to the use of such numbers, giving students an idea of how large these numbers actually are and what it means for people living in countries so densely populated.

(Written by Simone Grey, BTeach student, University of Tasmania, 2001)

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