This is one of six education resource topics created for teachers of geography. This page includes activities for students about concepts and statistics related to population growth and the demographics of the western Bay of Plenty sub-region.

The chart below outlines all activities that can be used in the classroom as well as assessment information. This resource targets geography achievement standards level 6-8 and social studies level 5.

Activities Assessment Curriculum Level Geographic concepts Geographic skills
1a

Western Bay of Plenty sub-region - Population change over time

  • Existing knowledge brainstorm
  • PowerPoint slides and activity
  • Inquiry chart
  • Quiz and discussion
Activity Summary 
Brainstorm template
Inquiry chart 
PowerPoint summary 
PowerPoint presentation slides

1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 1.6, 2.6, 3.6, 2.5, 3.5

5, 6

Change

Spatial patterns

Graphing

1b

Population growth issues - why SmartGrowth?

  • Group brainstorm activity
  • Discussion
Activity Summary 
Brainstorming worksheet 

1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 1.6, 2.6, 3.6, 2.5, 3.5

5, 6, 7, 8

Change

Valuing skills

1c

Population distribution and density

  • Fishbone activity
  • PowerPoint slides discussion and activity
  • Google Earth activity
  • Figure comparison
  • Quiz and Discussion
Activity Summary
Fishbone template 
PowerPoint summary 
PowerPoint presentation slides 

1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 1.6, 2.6, 3.6, 2.5, 3.5

5, 6

Change

Environments

Spatial patterns

Valuing skills

Graphing

Visuals

1d

Age-sex pyramid

  • PowerPoint slides and group discussion
  • Reading and quiz
  • T Chart activity
Activity Summary 
T-chart examples 
PowerPoint summary
PowerPoint presentation slides 

1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 1.6, 2.6, 3.6, 2.5, 3.5

5, 6, 7, 8

Change

Spatial patterns

Visuals

1e

Growth drivers and population migration

  • Inquiry chart
  • PowerPoint presentation and discussion
  • Discussion and quiz
  • PowerPoint group activity
  • OPV (other points of view) activity
Activity Summary 
Inquiry Chart
PowerPoint summary 
PowerPoint presentation slides

1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 1.6, 2.6, 3.6, 2.5, 3.5

5, 6, 7, 8

Change

Spatial patterns

Visuals

Valuing skills

1f

Economics of (Smart)Growth

  • Discussion
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Discussion and group brainstorm
  • Become the expert activity
  • Learning circles activity
Activity Summary 
Learning circles template 
PowerPoint summary 
PowerPoint presentation slides 

1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 1.6, 2.6, 3.6, 2.5, 3.5

5, 6, 7, 8

Change

Perspectives

Graphing

Valuing skills

1g

Looking back and looking forward

  • Card activity and discussion
Activity Summary 
Looking back cards 

2.2, 3.2, 3.3, 1.6, 2.6, 3.6, 2.5, 3.5

6, 7, 8

Change

Valuing skills

1h

Ecological sustainability, ecological footprinting and household consumption

  • Individual or small group information sheet activity
Activity Summary 
Sustainability and Consumption Info Sheet
Sustainability and Consumption Simplified 
SmartGrowth three level Reading Guide 
Ecological footprinting Info Sheet

1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 1.6, 2.6, 3.6, 2.5, 3.5

6, 7, 8

Environments

Change

Valuing skills

1i

Population concepts matching game

  • Small group easy vocab matching game
Activity Summary 
Matching Game 

1.2

5, 6

Processes

Valuing skills

1j

Western Bay of Plenty sub-region population growth - Crossword

  • Summary crossword puzzle
Activity Summary 
Crossword

Various

5, 6, 7 8

Processes

Change