Census Education: Coming to a classroom near you!
The U.S. Census Bureau has been making vast efforts to incorporate the 2010 Census education (click here for the Census Bureau’s official “Census in Schools” site!) into curriculum at grade schools across America. For example, the New York State Teachers Union just released the following bulletin:
Free 2010 Census teaching tools and resource materials will be available to elementary, middle and high schools beginning in August, the U.S. Census Bureau announced.
The “2010 Census in Schools: It’s About Us” program was introduced to kindergarten through 12th grade principals in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in a letter in April.
The program is designed to provide students in grades K-12 with information about the importance of the 2010 Census.
The Census Bureau hopes students will share this information with their adult household members and they, in turn, will answer the census questionnaire.
The federal government conducts a census every 10 years to collect information about the people and housing of the United States.
The Census Bureau will send Census in Schools program brochures to all grade 9 through 12 principals, social studies department chairs and school service coordinators this summer.
The Census in Schools program will offer:
- Age-specific educational materials, which include maps displaying population counts and other demographic information, and lesson plans grouped by grade and correlated to national standards for math, geography and language arts.
- Kits for principals, containing maps, a program brochure, information about online lessons, mini-teaching guides and family take-home kits.
- Online resources for teachers, including lesson plans, family take-home kits, event ideas and census data to teach students and their families about the census’ role in American history, current events and more.
The interactive, user-friendly Census in Schools Web site features memory games, word finds, state facts, coloring pages and research project ideas.
All “2010 Census in Schools: It’s All About Us” program materials will be available online for educators, students, parents and the public in August.