Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the first U.S. census, the lessons in this issue introduce students to the census process. Students understand that in a census, each person’s answers are just as important as every other person’s; that the census is not about individual achievement, but rather the trends that individuals create as a group.
The lesson plans loosely follow the census process as students learn how data is collected, how that data is used, and key demographic trends associated with that data. They fill out census forms, analyze data, and interpret information from graphs, tables, and other information displays.
Note: This is an archival publication dating back to 1990 and any supplements or suggestions for off-site education may not be available.
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