With some schools temporarily shuttered or on a staggered schedule because of the ongoing pandemic, many kids are learning from teachers conducting lessons remotely or through a mix of in-class and remote schooling.
With that in mind, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program created several new online resources for teachers, parents and caregivers to keep children engaged while distance learning.
Among them: the Home and Distance Learning Activities page, which provides easy-to-use materials — videos, fun facts, warmup activities and more — for different grade levels.
SIS resources help bring census statistics to life and teach students about their community, state and country. These free materials will help parents and caregivers ensure that their children are engaged, learning, and having fun at the same time.
Some resources now available at the SIS website:
The new SIS page includes four parent/caregiver toolkits that provide instructions and tips on how to adapt SIS activities and resources for at-home use.
Each toolkit contains everything parents and guardians may need to get started, including a teaching guide, student worksheet, list of materials, and estimate of how long each lesson takes (typically between five and 20 minutes).
For example, one resource links to a VeggieTales video promoting the 2020 Census. This video features the VeggieTales characters talking and singing about the importance of the 2020 Census — a fun way to engage children in the importance of counting everyone.
In addition to providing educational opportunities, these materials also show families the importance of a complete and accurate census count of everyone – including children – living in the United States.
Adam Grundy is a supervisory statistician in the Economic Management Division at the Census Bureau.