U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Skip Header
Activities
Resources
Standards
About
Search data, events, resources, and more

Activities
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.
Resources
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.
Standards
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.
About
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.

Where Should I Live? Using U.S. Census Bureau Data to Make Decisions

Where Should I Live? Using U.S. Census Bureau Data to Make Decisions

Activity Description

dt1_160

Students will use the U.S. Census Bureau’s QuickFacts data access tool to examine information about three cities, including population, education, and income data. Students will draw conclusions about life in those three cities to determine which city they would like to live in as an adult.

Suggested Grade Level

6-8

Approximate Time Required

120 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to explore data access tools to gather information.
  • Students will be able to use data to draw conclusions and make decisions.
  • Students will be able to understand how to compare and contrast data sets.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 5 pages
  • A computer with Internet access for each student
  • Teacher computer with Internet access and a projector to display web sites
  • Slips of paper

This activity uses the following online tool:

QuickFacts
www.census.gov/quickfacts

For more information about QuickFacts and similar resources from the Census Bureau, read “Teachers’ Guide to Data Access Tools for Students.

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Evaluating
Blooms Taxonomy

Students will compare and contrast data to evaluate those data and make a decision.

Subject

Middle School Social Studies

Topics

  • Cities
  • Demographics

Skills Taught

  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Using online databases to find information

Top

Back to Header