It is a big counting job.

Could you count all the people in the United States?

A census [sen-sus] is going on now. It will try to count everyone.

Did questions come in the mail? Did Mom or Dad answer online or on the phone? Did a person come to your door?


READ MORE: The U.S. Constitution says a count of every person living in the United States must be taken every ten years. That is not easy. Some people live in hard-to-reach places. Soldiers and college students are not at home. Some people do not want to answer the questions. Census workers try to count everyone. We should know the new population number by December. Luke 2:1-5 tells us that Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to be counted in a census. What happened while they were there?


Lesson #3:  Census Taking. The U.S. government has many resources for helping you to teach your young students about this year’s decennial census. Browse through to get some ideas.