ERIC Number: ED307177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Census Education Project: 1990.
Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.
This teaching kit is a reusable classroom resource for K-12 teachers in social studies, mathematics, science, and language arts. It contains 10 instructional activities with professionally prepared worksheets, procedural notes, background information, glossary, and samples of census data from the past and present. K-2 students learn about the census and participate in a simulation of the census process. In grades 2-6, students learn the concepts of complete count and undercount, prepare maps, summarize data, and make decisions. In grades 4-7, students learn census terminology and and census history. Students in grades 3-10 participate in and conduct a home and hobby survey. Students in grades 4-8 gain hands-on experience using census-like data to decide about community services and businesses. Changes in population size and distribution are considered in the plan for grades 5-12. In grades 6-12, students examine recent census area and population data to identify extreme cases and study changes over time. Three lessons are included for grades 7-12. Students study the process of designing, conducting, and analyzing survey results; study census data and discuss population diversity, business and community planning, and the housing industry; and examine historical census data and primary sources to gain insight into changing data needs and a sense of the historic nature of the census in this country. Several lessons include materials in English and Spanish. The kit also includes "Suggested School and District Outreach Activities"; "Educator's Guide to the 1990 Census"; and "Census Bureau Teaching Resources Guide." (GEA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.