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Changes in My State

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 2021.

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
Page Last Revised - October 13, 2023
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