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Activity Description

Explore your state's data using State Facts for Students

Using State Facts for Students, a data access tool from the U.S. Census Bureau, students will explore data about their state and voice their opinions on how the population has changed over time. Students will work in small groups to share their opinions, practicing oral communication and small-group discussion skills.

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Suggested Grade Level


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Approximate Time Required

90 minutes

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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to analyze census data for their state, focusing on how aspects of the data have changed over time.
  • Students will be able to make opinion statements in order to develop explanations for changes in data over time.
  • Students will be able to evaluate classmates’ opinion statements by asking clarifying questions and/or providing comments that defend or refute the statements based on census data.

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Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 5 pages

A computer with Internet access for each student is optional.

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Activity Item

This activity uses the following online tool:

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will create hypotheses that could explain changes in census data.

Students will analyze census data for their state, focusing on changes in the data over time.




  • Data tables
  • Demographics
  • Population change
  • Using data to find answers

Skills Taught

  • Analyzing change over time
  • Comparing and contrasting data
  • Using data to develop an informed opinion
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