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Places Within the Community: Population Change (Grades 5-6)

Places Within the Community: Population Change (Grades 5-6)

Activity Description

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Students will learn how the Island Areas have changed over time by comparing the populations of the four Island Areas between 1990 and 2010. Students will track the changes they identify and then discuss the implications of the changing demographics. In addition, students will learn how the 2020 Census will affect their community and why it’s important that everyone be counted.

Suggested Grade Level

5-6

Approximate Time Required

45 minutes

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Draw conclusions based on class discussions.
  • Analyze data and calculate percentages related to the four Island Areas.
  • Understand the importance of census data and population change.

Materials Required

  • Printed student worksheets
  • Chart paper or a board with a writing utensil for the teacher
  • Student laptops with internet access to view Recent Population Trends for the U.S. Island Areas: 2000 to 2010
    • If technology is unavailable in the classroom, have students use Activity Item: Recent Population Trends for the U.S. Island Areas: 1990 to 2010.
  • Globe or map to display the location of all four Island Areas

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