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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


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