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My Dream Home

Activity Description


Students will analyze and interpret American Community Survey (ACS) data on housing characteristics in the United States, comparing these data with those they collect from their classmates. Students also will determine what their dream home would look like and will use flat, two-dimensional shapes to construct it.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

60 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to interpret data from a bar graph.
  • Students will be able to construct a composite shape and describe the attributes of the shapes within it.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 6 pages
  • Colored construction paper
  • Glue
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Teacher computer with Internet access and a projector to display web sites

The picture book “How Much Is a Million?” by David M. Schwartz is optional.

Activity Item

The following item is part of this activity. The item, its source, and any relevant instructions for viewing it online appear at the end of this teacher version.

  • Number of U.S. Homes by Total Bedroom Units

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will analyze a bar graph of census data and a table of data collected from their classroom.


Elementary School Math


  • Graphing
  • Shapes

Skills Taught

  • Analyzing data
  • Recognizing shapes


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