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Bring your classroom to life with real world data. Select an activity that supplements what you are currently teaching in subjects including English, Math, Geography and History.
Increase the data literacy of your students with resources that display data in fun ways. Choose from monthly Fun Facts, 5-Minute Challenge warm-up activities, maps, videos and more.
Statistics in Schools activities are based on relevant education standards and guidelines that outline the foundational knowledge and skills students should have at certain levels.
Statistics in Schools is a free Census Bureau program that uses the data to create resources for K-12 students in a variety of subjects.

Make Data Speak

Activity Description


Students will learn how to make visual representations of data—to give meaning to numbers. Using a census infographic as a model, students will create their own infographics about their communities. Students may draw the infographic by hand, create a collage, or use a computer, depending on the class and the student’s skill level.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

40 minutes

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Research and interpret data.
  • Display categorical data in a visually creative way.
  • Understand the impact of U.S. Census Bureau data on their city, state, and country.

Materials Required

  • Printed student worksheets
  • Computers or tablets with internet access for each group of four students
    • If student technology is not available, follow the instructions for accessing QuickFacts and print out the data for up to 10 locations for your students to view during the activity, including data for the U.S., your state, your ZIP code, and additional cities for students to choose from.
  • A projector or smartboard to display infographics

Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021
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