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Recognizing Mathematics and Statistics, Earth, Pets, and More!

Celebrate Mathematics and Statistical Awareness Month, the release of 1950 Census records, Earth Day, and more with Statistics in Schools (SIS) classroom resources that bring awareness about the value and use of data in our everyday lives. 

Mathematics and Statistical Awareness Month

What did the spelling book say to the math book? “I know I can count on you!”
April is Mathematics and Statistical Awareness Month. Help students understand and appreciate the significance of mathematics and statistics with a variety of SIS math activities. They will learn interesting and relevant statistics in a kid-friendly way on topics such as educational attainment, commuting to work, and population growth. Check out our math page to see activities for every grade level!

Looking Back at the 1950’s

On April 1, 2022, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released the 1950 Census population records. These and all census records are kept confidential for 72 years before they become public. In commemoration of the release of the 1950 Census records, we have three activities that encourage students to learn more about that era and their own ancestry.

Fun Facts: Exploring the 1950 Census

Did you know the 2020 Census showed there were 331 million people living in the U.S., a 119% increase from 151 million in 1950? We’re introducing our new Fun Facts, Exploring the 1950 Census, which includes many interesting facts about the 1950s like the percentage of women in the workplace, the average family income, median home value, and more.

Kahoot! Then and Now: A Look Back at the 1950 Census

Once students view the Exploring 1950 Census Fun Facts, they can test their knowledge on what life was like in the 1950s vs. today with a “then and now” game of comparisons.

My Family Tree

Census records are great resources for tracing family ancestry. This new activity provides a starting point for students to trace their ancestry by constructing family trees. There are three worksheets available based on grade levels where students can record names, birthdates, and the first census years in which they and their family members would have been counted.

National Zoo Lover’s Day – April 8


Did you know there were nearly 700 zoos and botanical gardens in the United States in 2019? Explore our State Facts for Students data tool with students to find out cool statistics like how many zoos and botanical gardens are in your state. Observe National Zoo Lover’s Day and visit your local zoo to spend time with animals of all kinds!

National Pet Day – April 11


It’s National Pet Day! Did you know there are about 32,000 establishments around the country that provide veterinary services? Celebrate your animal companion today by sharing this 5-Minute Warm-Up Challenge with students that highlights different careers in the veterinary and animal care fields.

Earth Day – April 22


Did you know 805,722 people in the United States rode a bike to work in 2019? Biking or walking to work is a great way to help reduce our carbon footprint. Find out more about the significance of Earth Day with our Fun Facts handout full of interesting statistics relevant to this day. Students can learn about different ways homes are heated, renewable energy sources, and more. With the accompanying teaching guide get your students involved in fun classroom activities in celebration of this year’s Earth Day.


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