To introduce a unit on Populations for AP Environmental Science, Mrs. Rose and Ms. D’Agostino had the students look at photos of actually families in the countries of Bhutan, Samoa, Japan, Thailand (seen in photo below), South Africa, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Iceland, Kuwait, USA, and Cuba. From the photos, students made inferences on economics, fertility and mortality rates, occupations, educational levels, energy sources used, environmental impact, and material possessions. This will give the students a better understanding of other cultures throughout the world before they start learning about population dynamics, recycling, and renewable energies. The students will be provided with the actual information about each family in a portfolio so they can compare their inferences to actual information. This is one way to bring a real world connection into the classroom.