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Census Activity

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Ask your students if they know what a census is. Explain that it is a count of all the people who live in one country. In the United States, a census is taken every ten years. Citizens are asked to fill out a form with many questions on it. Their answers are tallied up to help the government set up programs that will benefit them.

Distribute a census form to your students. Tell them that the information they fill out will help you plan for a great school year.

Each day, select one questionnaire and read it to the class. See if they can guess which classmate filled it out. As with a real census, tally up their responses and address the findings. For example, if a large number of students like a certain food perhaps you could serve it at the next birthday party.

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Susan Cheyney

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