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RFP: Documenting Human Migrations
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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.

  • Concepts: explorer, explorers, fieldwork, grant programs, grants, human migration, human migration pattern, immigration, journalism, push-pull factors, refugees, resettlement, storytelling
Our Human Story
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Our Human Story

Our Human Story Idea Set

  • Best for: Grades 5-8 (ages 10-14)
  • Concepts: ancient human migrations, gis, google earth, human migration, maps, out of eden, paul salopek, storytelling
Living in the Age of Airplanes
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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 Living in the Age of Airplanes.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: aviation, globalization, human migration, interconnections, trade, transportation
Human Migration
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EDUCATION

Human Migration

Map of human migration out of Africa by haplogroups.

  • Best for: Grades 8+ (ages 13+)
  • Concepts: dna, genetics, haplogroups, human migration
Evacuation Day
Historic Article
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Evacuation Day

On November 25, 1783, the last British soldiers left the new nation of the United States, a day that was celebrated for nearly a century as “Evacuation Day.”

  • Best for: Grades 3-11 (ages 8-17)
  • Concepts: african americans, canada, emigration, evacuation day, flags, new york city, revolutionary war, sierra leone, united kingdom
Mayflower Compact
Historic Article
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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, Massachusetts.

  • Best for: Grades 4-11 (ages 9-17)
  • Concepts: cape cod, colonies, government, human migration, laws, mayflower, mayflower compact, pilgrims, religion
Ellis Island Closes
Historic Article
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Ellis Island Closes

On November 12, 1954, Ellis Island, the largest immigration center in the United States, closed.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: demographics, ellis island, europe, government, immigration, united states
First Indian Reservation
Historic Article
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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.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: human migration, lenape, native americans, new jersey, space
Mormon Handcart Pioneers Head West
Historic Article
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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 possessions in two-wheeled handcarts specially designed for the trek.

  • Best for: Grades 4-11 (ages 9-17)
  • Concepts: handcart pioneers, immigration, iowa, mormonism, routes, utah
Indian Removal Act
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Indian Removal Act

On May 28, 1830, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act, beginning the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans in what became known as the Trail of Tears.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: forced migration, indian removal act, native americans, trail of tears, united states
Oklahoma Land Rush
Historic Article
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Oklahoma Land Rush

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

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: human migration, oklahoma, oklahoma land rush, old west, real estate, united states
The Grapes of Wrath
Article
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The Grapes of Wrath

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

  • Best for: Grades 10-12 (ages 15-18)
  • Concepts: california, dust bowl, environment, geography, grapes of wrath, human migration, john steinbeck, literature, poverty
Surveying Begins on Cumberland Road
Historic Article
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Surveying Begins on Cumberland Road

On March 29, 1803, Congress, under President Thomas Jefferson, authorized construction of the Cumberland Road—the “National Road”—from Cumberland, Maryland, to Wheeling, West Virginia.

  • Best for: Grades 4-11 (ages 9-17)
  • Concepts: cumberland road, engineering, human migration, transportation
Australian Gold Rush Begins
Historic Article
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Australian Gold Rush Begins

On February 12, 1851, the Australian Gold Rush began in New South Wales, Australia.

  • Best for: Grades 4-9 (ages 9-15)
  • Concepts: australia, gold rushes, human migration, nations
Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Historic Article
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Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder

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

  • Best for: Grades 3-10 (ages 8-16)
  • Concepts: human migration, laura ingalls wilder, literature, united states, writers
Japanese Immigrants Arrive in Hawaii
Historic Article
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Japanese Immigrants Arrive in Hawaii

On February 8, 1885, the first major wave of Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii.

  • Best for: Grades 2-9 (ages 7-15)
  • Concepts: agriculture, hawaii, immigration, japan, labor
National Geographic Launches Genographic Project
Historic Article
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National Geographic Launches Genographic Project

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: dna, genetics, genographic project, human migration, migration, population
Kon-Tiki Sets Sail
Historic Article
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Kon-Tiki Sets Sail

On April 28, 1947, Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl and five crewmembers set sail from Callao, Peru, on their primitive raft, the Kon-Tiki. 

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: culture, exploration, kon-tiki, migration, pacific ocean, peru, polynesia, travel
Tracking Growth in the U.S.
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Tracking Growth in the U.S.

Late 19th century rails linked sea to shining sea.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: 19th century, economics, historical maps, railroads, trade routes, transportation, united states
Anthropologist: Jason De Leon
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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.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: anthropology, archaeology, borders, emerging explorers, immigration, jason de leon, mexico, real-world geography, united states
Global Patterns of Human Migration
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Global Patterns of Human Migration

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: emigration, human migration, immigration, migration patterns, pull factors, push factors
The Geography of Jazz
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The Geography of Jazz

Follow us, as we track the geography of jazz. As jazz trombonist J. J. Johnson said, "Jazz is restless. It won't stay put and it never will."

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: african americans, american culture, diaspora, geostories, human migration, jazz, music, musicians, united states
Lost Boys: Migration & Cultural Interaction
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Lost Boys: Migration & Cultural Interaction

Students watch excerpts from the film God Grew Tired of Us to learn about the Lost Boys of Sudan and the refugee experience, map the Lost Boys’ migration journey, and discuss the challenges the Lost Boys faced while adapting to life in the United States and trying to maintain their cultural identiti...

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
More Human Geography and Borders
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More Human Geography and Borders

Students research four additional examples of human geography and borders. They explore how language, culture, and religious differences affect country borders in Europe.  

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: basques, beyond borders, culture, cyprus, europe, languages, moldova, religion, roma
Languages and Religions of Europe
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Languages and Religions of Europe

Students are introduced to the major language and religious groups of Europe. They explore how those groups align with and/or cross country borders.  

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: beyond borders, borders, culture, europe, language, religion