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Do your students know that the 2020 Census is underway? Bring the message home with this letter.

Make Data Speak

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Activity Description

Sketches of different types of graphs and charts overlaid on a close-up photo of two people examining a bar graph on a computer

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.

Component ID: #ti802528550

Suggested Grade Level


Component ID: #ti948072897

Approximate Time Required

40 minutes

Component ID: #ti1936263767

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.

Component ID: #ti163137407

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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