In this video, a 7th grade social studies class uses the National Geographic activity "Mapping the Migration of the Lost Boys" to understand the challenges faced by the Lost Boys of Sudan. Using thematic maps, the class brings the journey to life and gains a deeper appreciation of the reality of human migration.

As part of National Geographic Education’s mission to improve geography education and increase geo-literacy, this video is one in a series of three professional development videos offers an in-depth look at progressive and effective classroom teaching strategies and content. Focusing on areas such as media literacy and implementation, geographic concepts, and meaningful integration of technology, National Geographic Education produces broadcast-quality pictures of practice to give teachers useful knowledge and ideas to improve their own educational practice. By partnering with the Teaching Channel for production and distribution, we draw on the strengths of each organization to create exceptional resources that exemplify pedagogical best practices and the highest production values.

civil war

conflict between groups in the same country or nation.

cultural identity

the way a person views themselves in relation to the learned characteristics and behaviors of a group or community.


learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.

human migration

the movement of people from one place to another.

pull factor

force that draws people to immigrate to a place.

push factor

force that drives people away from a place.


person who flees their home, usually due to natural disaster or political upheaval.


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