Lesson Plan

Grades 9-12

Family Counts

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25 minutes (Part 1); 25 minutes (Part 2); 30 minutes (Part 3)

SUBJECTS: Math, Social Studies

TOPICS: Counting Populations, Family Size Decisions, Fertility/Mortality, U.S. Population Trends/History

Resource Overview

Students calculate fertility rates from historic census data, calculate the average number of children for multiple generations of families in their class, and compare national trends on average fertility to data on factors that may impact fertility rates.

Students will be able to:
  • Use historic census data to calculate fertility rate at various points in Delaware history.
  • Calculate the average number of children in their own families over several generations to observe trends.
  • Compare trends in average fertility rates to factors that may influence fertility decisions.
Image of hand-written census page from 1900 U.S. Census in Wilmington Delaware

Features of This Resource

  • Students read and analyze data in primary sources
  • Aligns with AP U.S. History framework
  • Great lesson for teaching about the census while distance learning

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