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How Does Our Class Compare?

How Does Our Class Compare?

Activity Description

How Does Our Class Compare?

Students will collect, organize, and compare data about the number of girls and the number of boys in their classroom who play sports, take lessons, and participate in clubs. Then students will compare these classroom data with U.S. Census Bureau data for girls and boys across the United States. Teachers may choose to adapt this activity for different data if other categories are more applicable to their students.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

60 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to collect, represent, and analyze data.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast data about themselves and about other children in the United States using the “more than,” “less than,” and “equal to” phrases and symbols.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 6 pages; it contains an image that should be printed in color.

Activity Items

The following item is part of this activity.


Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will compare data they collect about students in their classroom as well as analyze how those data are similar to or different from national data about children.


Elementary School Math


  • Using data to find answers

Skills Taught

  • Analyzing data
  • Collecting data
  • Comparing and contrasting data
  • Conducting a survey
Page Last Revised - September 11, 2023
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