Census Classroom Challenge

Use these open-ended questions to prompt student writing and class discussions, further exploring the themes covered in the activities.

Question 1

Think about people packing their families and all their belongings to travel westward during the 1900s. What were some of their reasons for moving?

Question 2

Transportation improvements have helped America grow. Which transportation improvement do you think was the most important? How come?

Question 3

What are some of the ways that U.S. cities have changed since 1790?

Question 4

What are some ways that the Census has shown a changing country? What do you predict it will show in 2010?

Question 5

Imagine that you’re in charge of the 2010 Census. What are some of the biggest challenges you face?