Census Classroom Activities for Grades K-2
In this section, let's review a few of the teaching resources and materials offered on the US Census website specifically for census classroom activities for primary teachers (K-2); however, there are lesson plans for teachers of all grades on the site.
Map Literacy Chapters 1 (Great States): Students learn how to use a map key and compare data. Students are given information and a color-coded key for the map. They receive the information, color and do a comparison of data. Complete with extension games and definitions to teach the students. Students also learn mathematical terms, most, fewer and fewest through this hand-on lesson.
Community Involvement Chapters 3 (Where You Belong): Again, an excellent lesson plan. This one is about families and community. Children learn about the needs of family, classroom and community. Meets the social studies standards. It would compliment a need-versus-want unit plan.
Managing Data Chapters 5 (My Favorite Birthday): What child doesn't love a birthday party? Excellent use of the interest of children here. Instead of the teacher posting the classroom birthdays, the students take a survey to find out which month their birthday's fall into and then the class creates the birthday chart.
Maps: Students learn about the population of their state and any state in the United States. This would make a great poster to copy and enlarge or one to include in a social studies notebook as a reference tool.