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Diversity: Languages Spoken in the United States

Diversity: Languages Spoken in the United States

Activity Description


Students will learn how communities thrive with a broad diversity of residents. The worksheet focuses on simple data points that show the distribution of people who speak only English at home and people who speak a language other than English at home throughout their state and country. Students will learn how demographic information and trends affect their local community.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

45 minutes

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Calculate percentages based on data provided.
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively based on data.
  • Draw conclusions based on information shared in a discussion.
  • Understand and explain the term “diversity.”
  • Understand the importance of the decennial census and how it tells them important information about people in their state.

Materials Required

  • Printed student worksheets
  • Calculators for each student
  • A board or chart paper to record student answers
  • A computer and projector (optional)

Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021
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