Eager to understand their world, students can really engage when population data are introduced in the classroom. The lesson presented in this article was inspired by the book If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World's People (Smith 2011), which presents a great deal of data in a concise form that middle school students typically find interesting, engaging, and, most often, surprising.

Footnotes

Edited by Julie Amador, jamador@uidaho.edu, University of Idaho, Coeur d'Alene; Grace Parisi, graceparisi4@gmail.com, Long Beach Middle School, Lido Beach, New York; and Darrell Earnest, dearnest@educ.umass.edu, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Contributor Notes

Kate Raymond, kate.m.raymond@ou.edu, is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She teachers undergraduate and graduate mathematics education courses and is interested in mathematics teachers' use of curriculum materials and social justice mathematics.

Stacy Reeder, reeder@ou.edu, is an associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She teaches graduate and undergraduate mathematics education courses and is interested in problem solving and social justice mathematics.

(Corresponding author is Raymond kate.m.raymond@ou.edu)
(Corresponding author is Reeder reeder@ou.edu)
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