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Featured Activity: How the Census Impacts My Community

Activity Description


Each grade band includes one featured worksheet, which focuses on how the decennial census benefits students, their families, and communities to highlight why participation is important. Teachers are encouraged to use this worksheet in their classrooms as a starting point or introduction to the decennial census. For high school students, this worksheet focuses on how the census helps the students’ community.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

50 minutes

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the historical context for why the census was included in the Constitution.
  • Identify the impact of census counts on their communities.
  • Analyze significant historical documents.
  • Read and interpret data in a table.

Materials Required

  • Printed student worksheets
  • Eight printed copies of Activity Item: My High School Census
  • An interactive whiteboard or a projector with internet access
    • If technology for online display is not available, teachers can print out data before class.

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