Lesson Plan

Grades 6-8

People on the Move

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15 minutes (Part 1); Several class periods (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Social Studies

TOPICS: Economics, Global Change, Migration, World Population Trends/History, Resource Distribution

Resource Overview

Students participate in a “push/pull” simulation to identify reasons people migrate from one place to another and analyze the similarities and differences between two real-world migrations.

Students will be able to:
  • Identify and interpret push and pull factors of migration.
  • Describe possible positive and negative consequences on the origin country and destination country as a result of migration.
  • Evaluate the simulation as a model for migration and identify limitations.
  • Determine similarities and differences between two real-world migrations through research.

Features of This Resource

  • Aligns with middle grades geography standards
  • Opportunity for kinesthetic (tactile) learning
  • SEL core competency of social awareness – students empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Fun and memorable migration simulation lesson

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