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7.2: Using Family Planning and Abstinence – Student Edition (Human Biology)

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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Begin by asking students why they believe some people choose to wait until they are in their 30s to have children. Then ask them why they believe some people choose not to have children at all.

Assign the reading of the first half of the section.

Conduct Activity 6-1: Reasons for Not Wanting Children.

Ask students how important the goals and accomplishments they listed at the beginning of the last section are to them. Ask them to think about how important it is to them not to become a parent before they have reached their goals. Tell them that the last portion of this section talks about how to make sure they do not get pregnant before they are ready.

Assign the reading on Abstinence.

End the section with Activity 6-2: Who Decides?

What Do you Think?

Why is overpopulation more likely in poorer countries? And why does it in turn keep them poor?

What Do You Think?

Explain the statement, “Children are both a blessing and a burden.”

  • A suggested response will be provided upon request. Please send an email to teachers-requests@ck12.org.

According to figure 6.1, the population remained at a fairly constant level for hundreds of years before it suddenly exploded. What happened? What two elements had to change for the population to increase so dramatically?

What Do You Think?

Explore the issue of population growth from a quantitative perspective (how many people there are) and from a qualitative perspective (how good your life is). How does one affect the other? What is quality of life? How does one define it?

Predict Your School Population Students predict their school population in 50, 75, and 100 years using assumptions about birth and death rates.

  • A suggested response will be provided upon request. Please send an email to teachers-requests@ck12.org.

Why would parents who are older when they decide to have children help slow down the growth of populations? How would that work?

Debate! Students debate whether or not the government should ask that couples limit family size to two children.

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