Activity 2B: Predicting Life Expectancy Extension: Survival Curves

Using the information students have from “Life Expectancy at Birth: 1850–1990,” students should predict life expectancy for the year 2030. Students should justify their predictions (i.e., AIDS, medical advances, violence, etc.) This can be an individual, group, or class activity. (See Teacher Handout provided for teachers to stimulate class discussion.) 

Extension Activity

Survival Curves:

More advanced students may want to take a look at the handouts illustrating the survival curve. An explanation of the handouts is provided. (See "Survival Curves").


Life expectancy, population statistic, statistic, survival curve, graph, historical 

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Our Aging World
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Lesson 2: Graphing Changes in Life Expectancy