Many educators have been teaching remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic but the need for resources and interactive lessons is not letting up even as more schools reopen and students return to classrooms across the country.
This year, Teacher Appreciation Week is recognized May 3-7 and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program is highlighting its many free resources and ready-made lesson plans designed to aid teachers seeking different and challenging student activities.
One of the most important aspects of Teacher Appreciation Week is recognizing the contributions our teachers make to the education of our children
Whether teaching in the classroom, remotely or on a hybrid schedule, educators can find interesting and interactive lessons on the Statistics in Schools page.
The SIS page includes timely lessons tied to events from Earth Day to National Pet Day, including 5-Minute Challenges like the following one to engage students. Try it to get a taste of what we have to offer.
Other quick challenges are designed to inspire discussions on different topics at different grade levels, like the one below on voter participation since 1980.
The challenge: Look at the census data presented in a line graph below, interpret the results and answer the questions.
Teachers, parents and caregivers can also “pin” useful activities for their students straight from the Statistics in Schools Pinterest page.
One of the most important aspects of Teacher Appreciation Week is recognizing the contributions our teachers make to the education of our children.
Recent Census Bureau data from the American Community Survey showcase the increase in educational attainment. The visualization below shows college attainment across the regions of the United States.
A hearty thank you to all the teachers who have embraced the challenge of education even during the pandemic.
Adam Grundy is a supervisory statistician in the Census Bureau’s Economic Management Division.