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Clues to Human Migration

Students imagine they are detectives and figure out ways to solve the mystery of how humans migrated around the world.

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck captures people’s relationships with the environment during the Dust Bowl.


Mayflower Compact

On November 11, 1620, 41 Separatist Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact—the first legal document of what would become the colony of Plymouth, ...


National Geographic Launches Genographic Project

On April 13, 2005, the National Geographic Society launched the Genographic Project.


Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder

On February 7, 1867, American author Laura Ingalls was born in Pepin County, Wisconsin.

First Indian Reservation

On August 29, 1758, colonists established the first Indian reservation in what would be the United States, in Shamong Township, New Jersey.



RFP: Documenting Human Migrations

The goal of this RFP is to support research into the causes and effects of human migration and increase tolerance towards migrant communities.

Genographic Project: Looking Ahead

Students discuss ways the world may change over the next century and millennium. Then they work in teams to develop plans for Genographic 3005—an imag...


Introduction to Human Migration

Students discuss types of migration and people who migrate. Then they brainstorm reasons for migrating.


Sailing Through History

Students compare objects that would have been aboard a 17th century ship with modern counterparts and match each object to its correct time period. Th...


Crossing the Atlantic: Then and Now

Students use a map to compare and contrast transatlantic travel during colonial times and today, including changes in travel time and comfort.

Anthropologist: Jason De Leon

Jason De Leon is a 2013 Emerging Explorer who uses anthropology to document and study migration between Mexico and the United States.



Surveying Begins on Cumberland Road

On March 29, 1803, Congress, under President Thomas Jefferson, authorized construction of the Cumberland Road—the “National Road”&md...

Oklahoma Land Rush

On April 22, 1889, thousands of homesteaders rushed to claim land in central Oklahoma—one of America’s first “land runs.”...


Mormon Handcart Pioneers Head West

On June 9, 1856, the first wave of Mormon “handcart pioneers” began the long journey to Salt Lake City, Utah, pushing all their possession...


Our Human Story

Our Human Story Idea Set


Living in the Age of Airplanes

Find multimedia and activities related to the themes of human migration, globalization, and the history of aviation, created to complement the film Li...

Exploring Modern Human Migrations

Students research the causes of several modern migrations, and create a map showing these migration routes.



Why Communities Move

Students consider the push and pull factors that cause groups of people or communities to move. Then they investigate their own community’s history....

Why People Move

Students take a migration poll, discuss places they might like to move and why people might move to their area, and discuss what they think migration ...



Tracking Growth in the U.S.

Late 19th century rails linked sea to shining sea.


Genetic Markers: Connecting the Dots

Students simulate the passing on of genetic markers and make connections to ancient human migration routes.

Global Patterns of Human Migration

Students use maps and recent census data to analyze migration patterns across the globe.