Lesson Plan

Gapminder Data Infographic

Students use the Gapminder website to collect data an represent it visually. Lesson can be tailored to fit different data sets/needs.
Amy K.
Classroom teacher
Cornell Senior High School
Coraopolis, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies

Students will be able to... 

*Analyze changing GDP over time for particular nations (this can be done as a comparison between two nations, with each student getting a different country, with students comparing one country from each continent, with students comparing all countries in one region, etc.) 

*Analyze and interpret charts and graphs

*Create an infographic displaying their findings 

Social Studies
Grades 9 – 12
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1 Hook

Direct students to www.gapminder.org/world. As a class or individually (depending on the technology set up), the wealth and health of nations chart should be played to see the changing GDP over time. 

Students need to have a basic understanding of GDP and variables that might impact it. Instruct students to record things that stick out to them while watching the changing graphic. Afterwards, there should be a discussion about what they noticed. 

Student Instructions

* Watch the interactive chart. 

*Write down observations

*Participate in discussion

2 Data Collection


Create a Google Doc that can be shared with students on any preferred Learning Management System or as a link. If you choose for students to work together, the doc can be shared amongst students. 

Decide what data you want students to collect. Students can analyze one country over time, compare two countries, compare one country from each continent, compare all countries in a region, etc. Also this could be done individually, in pairs, or in groups. 

Instruct students to collect the data and complete all information on the document. Tailor the document to fit your needs in your modern world history, economics, or statistics class. 

Student Instructions

Collect and record data and observations. 

3 Infographic Representation

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Walk students through some of the tools on the piktochart infographic site. Explain that students will be taking their data and displaying it visually on an infographic. Google examples of good vs. bad infographic and show students before you begin. 

Give students instructions and guidelines about what should go on the infographic. My specific instructions are below, but yours can be modified to fit your needs. This should take 1-2 class periods, depending on how familiar students are with the picktochart tools. 

Guidelines: Include at least 4 charts or graphs based on your data; Include at least 3 facts about high vs. low life expectancy and GDP (things that stick out to you, and things that you can find from gapminder); Include at least 3 facts about the world economy that you find from other sources; Include a list of websites (gapminder + at least one other) for people to find information about the world economy

Student Instructions

Log into piktochart (create an account or log in with Google). 

Choose the most relevant data and create visually appealing charts to display your information. 

Follow all of the guidelines. 

Print or digitally download your infographic. 

4 Wrap Up

Activity: Presenting

Share and compare infographics among students. How students present can be changed depending on the project and whether students worked alone or in groups.  

Have students share their findings, and display them. The infographics are good for a gallery-walk type presentation. 

Student Instructions

Present infographics to peers