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Diversity: Census Questions Over Time

Activity Description


Students will analyze historical data on race and ethnicity in the United States over time. Students will note trends around race and ethnicity by looking at data from 2000 and 2010, highlighting the broad diversity of people who live in the United States today. Students will learn why it is important that the U.S. Census Bureau collect this data.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

45 minutes

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Draw conclusions based on analysis of a primary source.
  • Analyze and cite recurring themes using text evidence.
  • Calculate the percentage of a given data set.
  • Apply mathematical processes to represent and solve problems involving proportional relationships.
  • Identify the importance of the decennial census and how it benefits their community.
  • Understand how the census has reflected the diversity of the United States.

Materials Required

  • Printed student worksheets
  • Chart paper or a board to write on
  • A writing utensil
  • Calculators for each student


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