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Changes in My State

Activity Description

Changes in My State

Students will learn about their state as they collect and organize business information using State Facts for Students, a U.S. Census Bureau data tool. Students have the opportunity to examine data about kids their age, as well as a variety of other facts selected to appeal to young students. Students will create a bar graph to represent how the numbers of selected business types have changed between 2010 and 2019.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

45-60 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to create a bar graph to represent data.
  • Students will be able to use their bar graph to make comparative statements.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 4 pages
  • A computer with Internet access for each student
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Graph paper

Activity Item

This activity uses the following online tool:

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will create a bar graph to represent numeric data from the Census Bureau. Students will also apply their understanding of bar graphs to write comparative statements about the data.


Elementary School Math


  • Bar graphs
  • States

Skills Taught

  • Creating a bar graph
  • Determining appropriate scale
  • Formulating a hypothesis
  • Interpreting a bar graph


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