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Featured Activity: City Planning With Census Data

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 fifth and sixth grade students, this worksheet focuses on concepts such as what the U.S. Census Bureau does and how the census helps the students’ community.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

45 minutes

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Make decisions based on data.
  • Solve for quotients of up to a four-digit dividend by a three-digit divisor.
  • Present an argument by using data to support their stance.
  • Make predictions about resources needed for their assigned community based on population.
  • Understand why the decennial census is important to the distribution of federal funds.

Materials Required

  • Student worksheets
  • Calculators for each group of students


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