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Maps and Graphs - Exploring the U.S. Island Territories

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Activity Description

Students will examine data from the 1990–2010 censuses — and U.S. Census Bureau projections for 2010–2020 — on population changes in the U.S. island territories to make observations about the populations’ demographics and to make inferences about the purpose of such data.

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Suggested Grade Level


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Approximate Time Required

45-60 minutes

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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to analyze census data to identify the demographic characteristics of populations in different U.S. island territories.
  • Students will be able to make inferences about how the census data could be used by local leaders.

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Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 9 pages; it contains images that should be printed in color.
  • Colored pencils

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Activity Items

The following items are part of this activity. Items, their sources, and any relevant instructions for viewing them online appear at the end of this teacher version.

  • Map of the Caribbean Area
  • Map of the Pacific Area
  • Change in Population for U.S. Island Areas: 1990–2020
  • Population by Race and Ethnic Origin by Island Area for Pacific Islands: 2010
  • Age and Sex Structure for U.S. Island Areas: 2000 and 2010

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will analyze census data on population change in U.S. island territories between 1990 and 2020 (projected).


High School History


  • Population change
  • U.S. island territories

Skills Taught

  • Drawing conclusions
  • Examining data in graphs
  • Making inferences
  • Reading maps
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