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  • 1. The U.S. Census Unit - 4th Grade
    Lisa Paisley
    Technology Integration Plan
  • 2. Phase I: Relative Advantage
    I would like my students to discover the significance of the United States census. They will understand why the United States census was created and how the information gained from the census is used to help local communities. To fully understand the reasoning for the census students will learn about the U.S. constitution.
  • 3. Phase II: Objectives and Assessment
    Students will:
    Learn about the U.S. constitution and it’s role in the creation of the census.
    Why the census is conducted every 10 years and how to analyze the data that is collected and how local communities benefit from the data.
    Understand how to design a survey to gain information about communities.
    During this lesson students will:
    Read and understand grade level materials about the U.S. census.
    Create a census and conduct a census for their school.
    Use online resources to research and gain information.
  • 4. Phase III: Integration Strategies
    Instructional Method: Constructivist-project based learning
    Lesson Development:
    This lesson includes a series of activities to create a knowledge base and understanding about the U.S. census. First the students will learn about the U.S. constitution, next the students will conduct research on why, when and by whom the U.S. census was created. students learn what the results of the census are used for. Students will also analyze data about the state they live in. After finishing this phase of the lesson, students will create a census for their school. The activities will be designed as a group or individual projects.
  • 5. Activity #1: Research the origins of the U.S. Census
    Students will visit Internet sites to learn about the U.S. constitution and discover the origins of the census. Students will write a paragraph about it.
    View videos about the census in the constitution
    Research further on the history of the census
  • 6. Activity #2: U.S. Census
    Students will understand who is counted on a census and how the census is taken, through a readers’ theater activity.
    Students will answer worksheet questions on the census and do journal writing.
  • 7. Activity #3: Picture your state
    Students will
    Collect, organize, analyze, graph, and map data about the state where they live.
    Compare their data with other states.
    Increase their ability to represent and work with numbers through millions.
    Inform students of the fact that the Census Bureau collects data about children and businesses in which students would have an interest.
    Students will work as a group to complete the student worksheet, “Collect Data About Your State.” State Worksheets.docx
    Access the Web site:
  • 8. Activity #3: Picture your state
    Students will research the origin of their state’s name. Locate their state on the United States map and discuss the state’s history, geographic features, and important locations. They will focus on the capital, largest city, and second largest city. Indicate any interesting information regarding these cities —the name, location on a major waterway, etc.).
    Distribute the “Mapping Your State” worksheet to the class and assign students to work in groups or individually to complete the worksheet. State Worksheets.docx
    Students will need a state outline map to complete this task.
    State outline map. Download from:
  • 9. Activity #3: Picture our state
    Students will take note of neighboring states and look for any interesting comparisons that can be drawn between their state and neighboring states
    Students will use the “Graph Your State” worksheet to make graphs containing information about their states and compare it with other states. State Worksheets.docx
    Students will work in groups or individually to complete the worksheet.
  • 10. Activity #3: Picture your state
    Assign students to use the information they have learned to create a poster about their state to send to a student in another state. Students collect images from the “Fun Facts” information to create a poster on They will decorate the poster and use statistical information in their brief message on the poster telling other students why he/she should visit or live in the student’s state.
  • 11. Activity #3: Decoding Census Data
    Students will conduct online research with a partner. Find out what census data can tell us about the past.
  • 12. Activity #4: Classroom Census
    Students will:
    Recognize that data represent specific pieces of information about real-world activities.
    Understand how to design a survey to gain information about communities.
    Students will create survey questions for their classroom census and create a survey using Microsoft Word.
    Students will analyze data and create a graph using Microsoft Excel
    Students will brainstorm about what changes they could make in their classroom based on the results of the census.
  • 13. Assessments
    Each activity has it’s own assessment.
  • 14. Instructional Environment
    Students will need the following:
    Computer with internet connections and printer
    Online activity sheets with Internet Sites
    Journal, pencil
    Time to complete unit – 3 weeks
  • 15. Phase V: Evaluate Integration Strategies
    The integration strategies will be evaluated by how the students are able to independently use the Internet sites and follow directions for each activity, as well as by their ability to complete each activity.
    The total unit will be evaluated by the outcome of each activity and particularly by the outcome of the classroom census. As well as by the overall knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. census.