Educator Resources

Census 2010

The Census in Schools program will provide educators with resources to teach students about the importance of the census, in the hopes that children will help deliver this message to their families. The program hopes to help ensure every child and every household member is counted in April, 2010.

Lesson plans and teaching ideas are available for grades K-12, and will be updated frequently, so check back often. The web site also includes a page for kids, a page for teens, and state facts for students, with an interactive map that links to data for each state

Census in Schools Teaching Guides and Materials
2010 Census Partnership Agreement
Quick Start Teaching Guides
Grades K-4
Grades 5-8
Grades 9-12: U.S. Map and Population Breakdown by state. Includes population characteristics, persons per county listing, median income, teen population by state, non-English speakers per state, life expectancy table, population growth from 1790 to 2000, and a listing of the largest and smallest county populations in the year 2000.

Maps from the Census Bureau
Five Boroughs
Brooklyn Legal Size
Bronx Legal Size
Manhattan Legal Size
Queens Legal Size
Staten Island
Staten Island Legal Size

DIIT has created an interactive map with useful features. Users can zoom in and out, and use map layers to include schools, school district lines, and census tracts in their online view.

CENSUS 2010 as Service in the Schools

Participation in CENSUS 2010 as Service

The United States Census Bureau is a government agency with important resources and data about the people and economy of the United States. A CENSUS 2010 service project will benefit students by increasing awareness of the 2010 Census count and the impact it has in their communities. 

Participation in CENSUS 2010 as Service-Learning

CENSUS 2010 as service–learning involves a census-related service project that is linked to the school’s academic curricula.  This service learning project can occur within the content areas of history, civics, mathematics and economics.  Some examples of curricula areas include an exploration of the relationship between the counting of citizens and funded services to the community, representation in government, and population demographics and trends. 

Visit the U.S. Census homepage for information on:

 Census 2010 Key Dates


 April--June  2009     Census employees go door to door to update address lists
 Fall 2009  Recruitment begins for local census jobs for 2010 Census operations
 February--March 2010  Residents fill out and return Census questionnaires.
March 15-19, 2010  New York City Census in Schools Week
 April --July 2010  Census takers visit households that did not return a questionnaire by mail.
December 2010 By law, Census Bureau delivers population counts to President for apportionment.
 March 2011  By law, Census Bureau completes delivery of redistricting data to states.

Additional Census Information:
Population Pyramid of New York, 2000 versus 2010 projection
Population Reference Bureau 2009 World Population Data Sheet

Additional Population and Census Web Sites 

The US Government Printing Office has Ben's Guide to the US Government, which includes activities for grades K-2 on 
Ben’s Guide to Neighborhoods 

Education World has
math census lessons. has partnered with Census 2010 to develop
lessons, maps, student games, program resources, information for families, and will post resources in English and Spanish later this school year.

Population Reference Bureau has
articles and lessons on the census, as well as a
teachers guide. A sample is below:

World Population Distribution by Region, 1800–2050

Source: United Nations Population Division, Briefing Packet, 1998 Revision of World Population Prospects; and World Population Prospects, The 2006 Revision.