Count Me In!
Count Me In!
Objective: To identify people who should be included on the census form.
● The U.S. Census Bureau is
committed to making sure that
everyone in the country is
counted in the place where
they live on Census Day —
April 1, 2000.
● The Constitution mandates
a census every ten years to
determine how many seats
each state will have in the U.S.
House of Representatives.
● There are specific instructions
for determining who should be
included on the census form. The
form asks, “How many people were
living or staying in this house, apartment,
or mobile home on April 1, 2000?”
Write these words on the chalkboard:
Work together to create a sentence that contains
all three of the words above, and demonstrates
that the United States uses census numbers to
provide services to neighborhoods.
Using Activity Sheet 2A:
1. Explain that fair representation in the House
of Representatives is based upon the Census
Bureau counting people where they actually live.
2. Point out that the Census Bureau has specific
instructions for determining who should be
included on the census form. Read the guidelines
from the activity sheet. Clarify any difficult
vocabulary words or concepts using definitions
provided and additional resources, if needed.
3. Ask individual students to
read aloud the “I” statements.
Work together to decide whether
to check yes or no for each state-
ment. Encourage students to refer
to the guidelines on who should
be included on the census form.
4. Review the correct answers
with your class.
Using Activity Sheet 2B:
1. Help students understand the
concept of “Person 1” on the
form. The Census Bureau views
“Person 1” as the person who
owns, is buying, or rents the housing
unit in question, or, if that person is not avail-
able, as any adult living in the house. Keep in
mind that “Person 1” does not have to be the
person filling out the form.
2. Explain that relationship information is