Jump-start your class with these activities. Each one takes approximately 5 minutes to complete, demonstrates the value of data, and inspires discussion about a specific subject.
This activity has students analyze a map and answer questions about states and the amount of seats they have in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Census Word Find and Crossword Warm-Up Activities
Expand your students’ vocabulary of census-related words with our word find and crossword 5-Minute Challenges.
Earnings by Occupation
Who earns the most, male or female nurses? Students can discover the answer to this question and more by analyzing data on earnings by occupation and gender.
Educational Attainment of U.S. Black and Total Populations by Age
With this warm-up activity, students can analyze data to discover trends in the educational attainment of the U.S. Black and the total populations by age.
Explore fun places with holiday-sounding names throughout the country. Learn about their populations and answer questions about their geographic locations.
Honoring Those Who Served
How many veterans live in your state? Identify states/territories with the smallest and largest percentages of veterans in the United States.
How Many U.S. Representatives Does Your State Have?
Do nearby states have more or fewer U.S. representatives than your state? Students can have fun coloring a map while comparing state apportionment numbers.
Irish-American Heritage Month
Challenge students’ knowledge on things associated with Irish Americans with this crossword puzzle and graph on counties with the largest Irish population.
National Pet Day
If your students could pick a career in the veterinary and animal care field,
what would they choose? Try this warm-up activity and find out!
Population and Representation
Students can use an interactive map with historical apportionment data to discover population changes and population density for their state over decades.
With this warm-up activity, students can analyze an infographic on the birthplaces and inauguration dates of the 46 U.S. presidents to find trends in the data.
Test Your Population Knowledge With Bracketology
Get ready for population madness with bracketology! This warm-up uses our Population Bracketology game to test students’ knowledge of our nation’s population.
The Amazing Apportionment Machine
This activity asks teachers to share a quick video with students to help them answer questions about congressional apportionment.
Toy Makers by State
This engaging warm-up activity allows students to use their imagination to start their own toy manufacturing company based on an informative map.
With this warm-up activity, students can discover the voting patterns of women and men in recent presidential elections.
Where Are the College Degrees?
What is the percentage of the population in your region with a bachelor's degree? Has that changed over the years? Challenge your students to find the answers.