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        North Dakota | Activity 5.2: Population Density

        Students answer questions about North Dakota based on a table and map from the 2010 population census.

        Lesson Summary

        Students answer questions about North Dakota based on a table and map from the 2010 population census.

        This lesson is part of "Great States: North Dakota | Unit 5: Settling North Dakota" - a study of how and why North Dakota attracted diverse settlement.

        Time Allotment

        15 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards: 

        4.1.1: Interpret and compare maps (e.g., political, physical, thematic) of North Dakota.

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        Directions

        1. Provide each student with a copy of the Population Density handout.

        2. Explain that population is all of the people living in a defined area. Explain that population density is the number of people living in a state divided by the number of square miles in that defined area. This can mean that although an area has the highest number of people, it may not have the highest population density. The higher the population density the more resources will be used from less space and land.

        3. Project the map, North Dakota 2010 Population. The map corresponds to the data set on the students’ handouts. Explain that the green areas have lower population densities and the red areas have higher densities. Point out that the red dots on the eastern border are Grand Forks and Fargo, ND.

        4. Have students answer the questions after reviewing the map and table.

        Answer Key

        1. Fargo and Bismarck

        2. Population is the number of people; population density is the number of people per square mile

        3. Grand Forks and Minot

        4. Two

        5. Grand Forks and Fargo

        6. Williston, Bismarck, and Mandan

        7. Answers will vary

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