Showing posts with label immigration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label immigration. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

50 Years of Migration Waves

This morning while reading a National Geographic article about animal migrations in national parks I stumbled onto a related feature titled Migration Waves. Migration Waves is a series of graphs depicted the movement of humans between countries between the years 1967 and 2017.

The graphs on Migration Waves are grouped according to four factors that prompted migration. Those four factors are labor markets, political policies, political instability, and poverty. Each graph in the Migration Waves series has a caption that explains some of the conditions leading to migration.

Applications for Education
My first thought when viewing Migration Waves was to use it as a prompt for students to further investigate the causes of migration during the 50 years covered in the graphs. Then I thought some more about it and decided that a more challenging assignment would be for students to look at a couple of data sets then create their own similar migration waves graphs.

To find some a couple of data sets for students to use to generate their own migration waves graphs I turned to Google's Dataset Search. It was through Google's Dataset Search that I found this GDP by state and region spreadsheet (you'll have to create a free Data.World account to access) and found the Census Bureau's Population Distribution and Change document (PDF).

Google Dataset Search tool is still in beta. Earlier this year I published the following a short video about it.

If you would like to learn more about advanced search tools and strategies, join me tomorrow for Search Strategies Students Need to Know Now.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Four Interactive Maps Depicting the History of the United States

American Panorama is a great new resource from the University of Richmond that I learned about from Maps Mania. American Panorama aims to be an atlas of United States History. Currently, American Panorama features four interactive maps representing four elements of American history. Those four maps are Overland Trails, Forced Migration of Enslaved People, Canals, and Foreign-Born Population. All four maps are centered on the 19th Century.

The Overland Trails map depicts the routes of the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails. Click along the trails on the map to reveal first person accounts of life on the trail.

The Canals map shows the working canals in the northeastern United States in the 19th Century. Click on a canal on the map to learn about the years that it operated, the points it connected, and the typical freight transported through the canal.

The Forced Migration of Enslaved People map is another map that includes first person accounts of life in the 19th Century. Select a decade on the timeline below the map to reveal a list of first person accounts of life as a slave forced to move in the 19th Century.

The Foreign-Born Population map shows depicts the origins of immigrants to the United States from 1850 through 2010. Select date from the timeline then click on the map to reveal where people in that area came from. Alternatively, you can enter the name of a county in the United States to jump directly to the immigration data for that county.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

An Interactive Timeline of Immigration to the U.S.

Scholastic recently released a fantastic new interactive timeline of immigration to the United States. The timeline is divided into five eras; A New Land, Expanding America, The American Dream, A Place of Refuge, and Building a Modern America. Within each era there are multiple sub-sections that students can explore. In each sub-section students will find captioned images and videos that explain the significance of each era in immigration. I've included one video from the timeline below.

Applications for Education
Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today looks like a great resource for elementary and middle school students. You might want to have students use the timeline in conjunction with the immigration data that Scholastic has published. Ask students if they can make correlations between the stories of immigration and the fluctuations in immigration statistics.

Monday, March 12, 2012

A Live Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island

Last week I received an email from Scholastic about a great virtual field trip opportunity. On March 29, 2012 Scholastic is hosting a live virtual field trip to Ellis Island. The field trip, for students in grades three and above, will be held at 1pm ET, 10am PT. The field trip will take the students on a tour of the island and the Ellis Island Museum. You can register for the event here.

Applications for Education
Scholastic has many good resources to help you prepare your students for the Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island. The Stories of Immigration page includes the personal stories of children immigrating to the United States. On the same page you will also find this Interactive Tour of Ellis Island. For offline activities, Scholastic offers this activity and templates for graphing patterns of immigration.

On a related note, I recommend checking out the Interactive Virtual Tenement Museum.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

What's in a Surname? - A Map of Names

The February issue of National Geographic includes a neat mapped display of surnames across the United States. Titled What's in a Surname? the map displays which surnames are most common in different regions of the US. The larger the surname appears, the more common it is in that region. For example, in Maine Pelletier is a common surname therefore it appears larger on the map than other surnames do. You can zoom in and out on the map and scroll around to examine the map.
Applications for Education
When I saw What's in a Surname? I immediately thought that it could be useful as part of a lesson on patterns of immigration to the United States. Students could trace the origins of a surname and try identify when people with that surname started immigrating to the US. Students could then research why people with that surname settled where they did.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

National Archives Document & Patterns in History

History teachers are known for occasionally making cliche statements like "history repeats itself" or "history is full of patterns." Today's featured document from the National Archives offers some proof that those cliches are true at times. Today's document from the National Archives is a copy of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. In addition to the document, the National Archives posted a typed transcript of the act and a lesson plan for teaching with the document.

Applications for Education
As Arizona's laws regarding immigration stay in the news, the document and lesson plan about the Chinese Exclusion Act could be present a good way to compare past and present in US politics.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Explore the Cycle Wins at SXSW!

As Mashable and other tech blogs are reporting, Explore the Cycle won the SXSW (South By Southwest) award for best educational web resource. I wrote about Explore the Cycle last month as a resource for teaching about recycling, consumerism, and environmental science. You can read more about Expore the Cycle here.

Another great educational web resource that was up for the same award is Tenement Museum. Tenement Museum is an interactive virtual museum designed for elementary and middle school students to experience what it was like to be an immigrant to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. I actually used Tenement Museum with my class of special education students and they enjoyed using and learned quite a bit from the experience.

If you haven't looked at these two excellently designed resources, I encourage you to take a few minutes to try both.