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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Worksheets: Grades 9-12

Direct students to data that helps them dive deeper into topics such as women in the workforce, immigration patterns, changes in family structure, and the link between education and income. Use the tabs below to find age-appropriate, interactive activities. Corresponding teachers' guides are available for each activity.

Grades 9-12
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Grades 9-12
"To Kill a Mockingbird": An Introduction to 1930s America
Students will learn about the setting of Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” and write a piece using the RAFT technique.
19th Century Immigration - Causes & Effects
Students will examine and interpret a population chart published in 1898 as well as an 1893 political cartoon about immigration.
Adopting an Entrepreneurial Mindset - Using Census Data for Business
Students will use the Census Business Builder data access tool to gather and analyze information that entrepreneurs may consider when opening a business.
America Then and Now - Interpreting Changes in Demographic Data
Students will review a series of infographics to learn how America’s demographics have changed between 1940 and 2010.
An Analysis of the Millennial Generation
Students will look at data showing how the “millennial” generation differs from other generations.
An Investigation Into Immigration and Migration in the United States
Students will use data about geographic mobility to explore rates and patterns of migration within, and immigration to, the United States.
Analyzing Correlations of Education and Income
Explore maps containing census data from 1950 through 2000.
Analyzing Relationships: Marriage, Divorce, and Linear Regression
Students will examine census data on marriage and divorce rates for women and men in each state and the District of Columbia.
Annotating Informational Text
Students will read an informational text about college completion rates for people born in different years and answer questions citing evidence.
Antebellum Economy - Understanding Employment in 1850
Students will examine a table of 1850 Census data on employment to understand the professions of free men across the United States at the time.
Applying Correlation Coefficients
Students will use state and regional unemployment data for various education levels to create scatter plots and calculate correlation coefficients.
Authorizing the First Census - The Significance of Population Data
Students will analyze excerpts from the 1790 legislation that allowed for the administration of the first decennial census.
Beyond Population - Using Different Types of Density
Use images, U.S. Census Bureau data, and interactive maps to visualize and calculate densities at various scales.
Census in Counties
Students will analyze a variety of county-level census data in histograms to compare and contrast the shapes of their distributions.
Commuting to Work: Box Plots, Central Tendency, Outliers
Students will calculate various measures of central tendency using data on the number of people who bike to work in select states.
Conducting a Mini Field Study
Students will learn about the nature and importance of qualitative research as a complement to numerical data.
Describing and Comparing Data Distributions
Students will use data to compare and contrast the distributions of variables in graphs, analyzing the shape, center, and spread of each.
Differences in Earnings Across Sex and Educational Attainment
Students will interpret box plots and be able to make claims based on median earnings and educational attainment data of men and women aged 25 years or older.
Educational Attainment and Marriage Age
Students will develop, justify, and evaluate conjectures about the relationship between two quantitative variables over time in the United States.
Exploring 19th Century Population Growth through Interactive Maps
Students will use two data visualization tools to explore U.S. population growth between 1790 and 1890.
Exploring 19th-Century Child Labor Laws in the United States
Examine historical photographs and a data table related to 19th-century industrialization and child labor.
Exploring Federal Policy About Native Americans in the Late 1800s
Students will examine three primary sources to understand the lives of young Native Americans during this time in history.
Exploring the Great Migration – 1910-1970
Consider the causes and effects of waves of migration and compare the historical data with more recent data on migration overall.
Geographic Mobility in the United States - 1920-1950
Students will examine maps to explore changes in population density in the United States during three decades.
How Do U.S. Populations Stack Up?
Use U.S. Census Bureau data to learn how population pyramids describe population structures and to calculate age range population percentages.
How is Young Adulthood Changing?
Students will engage in a class discussion on young adulthood, answer questions about a technical document, then write about their generation.
Learning Through Maps
Students will examine an interactive map of inbound and outbound migration patterns in U.S. counties to understand how migration affects domestic policy.
Maps and Graphs - Exploring the U.S. Island Territories
Students will examine data from the 1990–2010 censuses on population changes in the U.S. island territories.
Median Income Patterns in the United States
Students will examine, and make comparisons using, a data visualization of median household incomes by U.S. county.
Over the Hill - Aging on a Normal Curve
Students will use census data from a sample of 136 U.S. counties and other sample data to make estimates about the U.S. population.
Population Expansion and Distribution in the United States: 1790-2010
Students will use a data visualization tool to understand shifts in the U.S. population distribution from 1790 to 2010.
Post-Civil War: Regional Shifts in U.S. Population by Age and Sex
Students will examine population pyramids of 1850–1870 census data for different races/ethnicities and for the states and territories.
Post-World War II Globalization - U.S. Citizens Living Overseas
Students will analyze the 1950 Census form for Americans living overseas and 1910–1990.
Poverty in America
Students will explore census data, including infographics and reports, to better understand rates of poverty in the nation.
Slavery, Geography, and Politics
Students will analyze multiple resources to learn how President Abraham Lincoln and Union forces used a 19th century population density map.
The Great Depression - Using Census Data to Address an Economic Crisis
Students will identify the connection between government statistics and government programs by examining the problems from the Great Depression.

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