Q9 Changes over time

13. Dig the Data

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Students have access to lots of data that changes over time.  Understanding what this data tells us is important as it can help us make decisions about things like where we live, career choices, and the world around us.  In this Quest you will be learning about how data is collected about the state you live in as well as other states in the US; the increasing or decreasing populations in certain states; where most people live in the US; and how to interpret graphic representations of data that may inform things such as career choices.

I Can Statements

  • analyze data and interpret changes over time
  • use spreadsheets, charts and visual representations as tools to help organize and evaluate data
  • create, organize, analyze and share representations of data in a spreadsheet, chart, graph, and data plot formats with my teacher and classmates

Key Vocabulary

Line graph: A line graph is a graph that uses points connected by lines to show how something changes in value (as time goes by, or as something else happens).

Findings: Findings are a conclusion reached after examination or investigation.

Play the Vocabulary Game to practice the Key Vocabulary

You can change the Quiz mode to Match, Test, Learn, Flash Cards, Spell using the selection list at the bottom right of the activity that says "Choose a Study Mode".


1. Watch the video at the top of the page to learn about how census data is used in the US

2. Make a copy of this 13.Q9 Changes Over Time activity sheet to use for the  following two activities using the links and directions provided below.

This activity uses the following online census tool:
State Facts for Students

1. Open the State Facts for Michigan (or select your own state)

2. Open your 13.Q9 Changes Over Time document and use the information from the Census State Facts to answer the Questions.


3. OPTIONAL: Money Smart Kids videos from Discovery Education and the Jackson Charitable Foundation target grades 3-6 on Cha-chingusa.org/videos

  • Check out Episode 3: Entrepreneur and Justin's Lemonade Stand

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MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

5. Computational Thinker
a. Formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions
b. Collect data or identify relevant data sets
c. Break problems into component parts, extract key information

6. Creative Communicator
a. Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations
b. Communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations
d. Publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for a variety of audiences.