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Featured Activity: Let's Get the Count Right

Featured Activity: Let's Get the Count Right

Activity Description


This worksheet focuses on how the decennial census benefits students, their families, and their communities, highlighting why participation is important. Use this worksheet in your classroom as a starting point or introduction to the decennial census. For students in kindergarten through second grade, this worksheet focuses on basic concepts, such as what the U.S. Census Bureau does and how the census helps the students’ community.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

40 minutes

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Build vocabulary.
  • Recognize and count numbers up to 100.
  • Compare quantities using the terms “more than,” “less than,” and “equal to.”
  • Understand the concept of population and how distributing resources relates to the quantity of people living in a community.
  • Understand the importance of being counted in the decennial census.

Materials Required

  • Printed student worksheets
  • A projector or interactive whiteboard connected to the internet to display the following song:
  • One marker (or another substitutable resource) for each student (Note: Students do not need to draw with the marker. It will be used to show how resources are distributed.)


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