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Adult ESL - How the Census Helps My Community

Activity Description


Adult students learning English as a second language will learn how the census benefits the community where they live and why participation in the census is important. Worksheet content focuses on language and knowledge-building through the lens of the decennial census and highlights how adults can play their part.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

40 minutes

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • State two things they learned about the U.S. decennial census by reading an article.
  • Describe why the U.S. decennial census is important for the United States government.
  • Describe, in their own words, why the U.S. decennial census is also important to them and their community.

Materials Required

  • Printed student worksheets
  • A KWL (Know-Want to Know-Learned) chart at the front of the room
  • A writing utensil for the teacher

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