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The Place of My State

The Place of My State

Activity Description

State Flags

Students will use a U.S. Census Bureau data tool called State Facts for Students to analyze the population data of their state. They will write the data in several forms, round the numbers, and then compare their state’s population with that of a nearby state.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

60 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to round the population numbers of different states to different place values.
  • Student will be able to compare data about their state with that of nearby states.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 3 pages
  • Teacher computer with Internet access and a projector to display web sites

A computer with Internet access for each student is optional.

Activity Item

This activity uses the following online tool:

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will apply their knowledge of place value and of the base-ten number system to write numbers in a variety of ways, round numbers to specified place values, and compare numbers.


Elementary School Math


  • Population

Skills Taught

  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Understanding numerical operations
Page Last Revised - October 14, 2021
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