Unit 1 WebQuest Project
People, People, and More People
Introduction
 Task
 Process
 Guidance
 Resources
 Conclusion
Introduction
Have you ever looked around you and wondered
just how many people live in the United States? How many of them live
in your state? Are there more males or females? How ethnically diverse
is our nation? Well, put on your researching gear, because we are about
to jump into a sea of data in search of the answers to these and other
related questions. You'll look at our nation's population, past and
present, and make some predictions about its future. So prepare to learn
more about your neighbors and your nation than you ever thought possible.
The Task
Below is a brief description of each challenge
you will encounter in this WebQuest. The Process
section has a detailed description of each activity. Also, the Guidance
section has some helpful hints, and the Resource
section has useful Web sites for you to use.
Population Challenge
1:
First, gather data about the number of males and females in the
United States in 2000. Also, find data about the ethnicity of those
living in the United States at that time. Then create two graphs that
appropriately represent the data.
Population Challenge 2:
Next, find the population of each state in the United States in
2000. Find measures of central tendency for this data. Use this data
to estimate the population of the United States. Find the actual population
of the United States and compare to your estimate. Then predict the
population of the United States in 2015.
Population Challenge 3:
Last, create a presentation that includes your data and graphs
from Challenges 1 and 2.
The Process
Below is a detailed description of each
challenge. Population Challenge 1:
Find data on the number of males and females in
the United States, as well as the ethnicity of the population of the
United States in 2000. Print out Worksheet 1 and record your findings.
 Using your knowledge of the various types of graphs, create an appropriate
graph for each set of data.
 Explain your choice of graph type in at least two sentences for
each set of data.
Worksheet 1
Name:_____________________________________
Date:_________________
Fill in each chart with the appropriate information.
Ethnicity and U.S. Population
in 2000
Ethnicity 
Number 
Caucasian 

African American 

Hispanic 

American Indian and Alaska Native 

Asian 

Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 

Other 

Ethnicity and Gender in 2000
Ethnicity 
Number
of Females 
Number
of Males 
Caucasian 


African American 


Hispanic 


American Indian and Alaska Native 


Asian 


Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander



Other



Population Challenge 2:
 Find and record the population of each state in the United States
using Worksheet 2.
 Use your findings to estimate the total population of the United
States. Record your estimate on Worksheet 2.
 Find the actual population of the United States and compare this
number with your estimate. Record the difference between your estimate
and the actual population on Worksheet 2.
 Find the mean, median, and mode of the state population data. Determine
which measure best describes the central tendency of the data and explain
your reasoning. Record your answers on Worksheet 2.
 Research the change in the U.S. population since 1950. Then create
a graph that represents this data. Use your graph to predict the population
of the United States in 2015. Explain how you arrived at your prediction
in 24 sentences.
Worksheet 2
Name:_____________________________________
Date:_________________
 Fill in the chart with the appropriate information.
State

Total Population

Alabama


Alaska


Arizona


Arkansas


California


Colorado


Connecticut


Delaware


Florida


Georgia


Hawaii


Idaho


Illinois


Indiana


Iowa


Kansas


Kentucky


Louisiana


Maine


Maryland


Massachusetts


Michigan


Minnesota


Mississippi


Missouri


Montana


Nebraska


Nevada


New Hampshire


New Jersey


New Mexico


New York


North Carolina


North Dakota


Ohio


Oklahoma


Oregon


Pennsylvania


Rhode Island


South Carolina


South Dakota


Tennessee


Texas


Utah


Vermont


Virginia


Washington


West Virginia


Wisconsin


Wyoming


 Estimate the total population of the United States using the above
data.
 Research to find the actual population of the U.S. What is the difference
between your estimation and the actual population?
 Find the mean, median, and mode of the state population data. Which
measure best describes the central tendency of the data? Explain your
reasoning.
 Now that you have researched the history of the population of the
U.S., create your graph below or on graph paper. What is your prediction
for 2015? Explain your prediction in 24 sentences.
Population Challenge 3:
Create a presentation that includes the following:
 Worksheet 1 and both of your graphs on gender and ethnicity in
the United States; and
 Worksheet 2 and your graph of the U.S. population since 1950.
Choose one state, research its gender and ethnic
makeup in the year 2000. Create two graphs similar to those done in
Population Challenge 1 and write a few sentences comparing the gender
and ethnic makeup of that state to the gender and ethnic makeup of
the United States as a whole.
Guidance
If you are having difficulties with a particular
challenge, take a look at some of the helpful hints below. Population
Challenge 1:
 Remember to label and title your graphs.
 The following are the different types of graphs you can choose from:
frequency tables, bar graphs, line graphs, stemandleaf plots, and
circle graphs. Your text has descriptions of each type of graph.
 Since the numbers you are graphing are large, rounding the numbers
to the nearest thousand or hundred thousand might be helpful.
 Remember, your second graph has three components: ethnicity, female,
and male. All three need to be on the same graph.
Population Challenge 2:
 Remember to label and title your graphs.
 Since the numbers you are graphing are large, rounding the numbers
to the nearest thousand or hundred thousand might be helpful.
 To review calculating the mean, median, and mode of a set of data,
refer to Lesson 28 in your text.
Population Challenge 3:
Some of the presentations that you could create
are:
 a booklet,
 a poster, or
 a newspaper/magazine article.
Resources
Listed below are two Web sites that you will find
very useful in this WebQuest.
U.S.
Census Bureau
U.S. Historical Census
Data Browser
Conclusion
Congratulations! Only a sophisticated and intelligent
student could complete such a challenging task! You have successfully
completed your job as a Data Analyzer, Researcher, and Sociologist.
As you can see, it is important for everyone to be able to analyze and
properly display information. You have proven your ability to graph
data, find and interpret measures of central tendency, and research
reallife problems. We hope you have enjoyed learning about the people
that make up our nation.
