Statistics in Schools

Bring your class to life by using real data in the classroom. The U.S. Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools (SIS) program offers K-12 teachers free online activities.

Our resources use census data in geography, history, math, English and sociology to help students understand the value and everyday use of statistics.

Benefits of the SIS program include cross-curricular activities that are aligned with relevant education standards and guidelines. Teachers do not have to be experts in math to incorporate statistics into their classrooms. SIS activities are designed to supplement the existing lessons being taught in a multitude of subjects, and they can be extended or easily modified.

In addition, students are encouraged to use technology to access local data such as State Facts for Students, which allows them to discover information about their state; QuickFacts, an application that displays tables, maps, and charts of frequently requested statistics; and Census Business Builder, an easy way to access and use key demographic and economic data.

The Census Bureau is the primary source of economic and demographic data for the United States. Its subject matter experts in collaboration with teachers across the nation were involved in the creation of the program’s activities; thus, making SIS uniquely qualified to support statistics education.

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  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Students will learn about their state as they collect and organize business information using State Facts for Students, a U.S. Census Bureau data...
  • English Language Arts
  • Middle School
Students will learn about how the U.S. government classifies race and ethnicity. The teacher will play a video of students at Park East High School...
  • Social Studies
  • Middle School
This activity is designed to be part of a unit on the U.S. Constitution, as it focuses on U.S. voting trends. Students will analyze bar and line...
Constitution Day Resources

U.S. Census Bureau

Statistics in Schools
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2018
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  • Social Studies
  • MS, HS
September 17 is Constitution Day. Use our 5-Minute Challenge warm-up activities to commemorate this day with your students. With the Apportionment...
Halloween Fun Facts

U.S. Census Bureau

  • Math
  • 3-5, MS, HS
Did you know there were 3,430 candy and nut stores and 991 formal wear and costume rental establishments in the United States in 2016? Use our...
Thanksgiving Day Fun Facts and Teaching Guide
  • Math
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims — early settlers of Plymouth Colony — held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest. Many regard this...
Vice President John Garner selects at random the number of the postal route to be sampled during the 1937

U.S. Census Bureau

  • English Language Arts
  • High School
Common Core
This activity teaches students about the setting of Harper Lee’s famous novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which takes place during 3 years (1933–1935)...
State Flags
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Common Core
In this activity, students will use a U.S. Census Bureau data tool called State Facts for Students to analyze the population data of their state...
Amusement Park
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
In this activity, students will predict how many amusement parks are in their state. They will then analyze census data on the numbers of amusement...
United States
  • Math
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
In this activity, students will compare data for two states using comparison symbols and both rounded and unrounded (exact) numbers. Students will...