Get Counted! (The U.S. Census)

Lesson Plan

Do your students know about the U.S. census? Are they prepared to be counted? In this lesson, students learn the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the census. Students explore the importance of being informed and how the census impacts their communities.

Got a 1:1 classroom? Download fillable PDF versions of this lesson's materials below!


**But wait there's more!** Download our printable infographic Plug Into Power with the U.S. Census. Every 10 years the U.S. government circulates a census. Make sure your students know how to make it count!



*Note: One or more of the activities for this lesson is not compatible with Kami viewer at this time. Be sure to check the “Download Resources” button below to use these activities.


  • Describe the census and its purpose
  • Identify how often the census occurs
  • Explain how communities are impacted by and benefit from census data
  • Share how to complete the census


Downloadable Resources

Resources for this lesson are available in print and digital form. A free teacher account is required to access them. Log in or register below.