TLF ID M012539
This teacher resource is a PowerPoint presentation designed to address common student misunderstandings about life expectancy. It emphasises that life expectancy is an average, that most people live for much longer or shorter than their life expectancy and that, when life expectancy is low, it is mostly because of a very high child mortality rate. The presentation makes use of graphs comparing life spans of five newborns in the African country of Burundi and five newborns in Sweden to illustrate that those who survive the dangers of childhood generally live to a relatively old age, even in countries with very low life expectancy. The PowerPoint presentation is accompanied by a teacher guide and also a PDF with very useful detailed background information about life expectancy.