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Resources for teaching about the Census

Lots of stuff is out there to help teach geography, government and history through the US Census. A quick list:

Official 2010 Census site

2010 Census in Schools
Kits, lessons, maps from the US Census Bureau

Educational Resources at the Census Bureau
General links to a variety of educational materials from the Census Bureau

2010 Participation Rates
Why is Iowa so participatory?

Census at a Glance
Timeline from Wall Street Journal

Making Sense of the Census: Ideas For Classes Across the Curriculum
Great list of stuff from the New York Times Learning Network

2010 Census History Challenge
Fun mini-game from the Scholastic people

Fast Draw: US Census
Quick video overview of census history

Portraits of America
Nice collection of video clips by US citizens explaining how the Census helps them

2010 Census: Turning a pile of paper into the USA’s digital portrait
Video from USA Today explaining Census process

2010 Census United States
A great collection of teaching resources from Scholastic including Spanish goodies

A Look at the Population Density of the United States
HS lesson from National Geographic

Teaching With Documents: Little House in the Census – Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder
Interesting secondary lesson from the National Archives

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Annie #

    Some people have said that the US immigration office is going to trace census respondents, find out if they are in this country legally, then locate and deport them if they are not — SO wrong!

    March 24, 2010
    • glennw #

      There seem to be many myths and misconceptions out there about the process. Seems to me to be just one more indication of how fringe elements are using the internet to pass along misinformation.


      March 25, 2010

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