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ERIC Number: EJ878512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Making Sense of the Census with Young Learners
Gallavan, Nancy P.; Obenchain, Kathryn M.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v22 n4 p15-18 Mar-Apr 2010
Since 1790, the United States government has conducted a count of its people by conducting a census every decade. The U.S. Census provides valuable data describing the population according to a variety of criteria including ethnicity, gender, age, and income, among other categories. Teaching about demographics and some of the interesting issues associated with the U.S. Census to young learners may seem complicated and overwhelming. However, the basic concepts and practices can be explored effectively through cooperative learning, problem-solving, and real-world connections. This article presents a learning experience for young learners which combines a selection of children's literature with mathematical concepts and skills in a social studies context, while emphasizing key vocabulary across the curriculum. This lesson, appropriate for students in the fifth grade, can be modified so that the activities and outcomes are developmentally appropriate for a wide range of needs and interests. A lesson plan entitled "Counting Girls and Boys in the USA: A First Look at Census Data" is presented. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States