4th Grade Documentarians
Imagine you are a reporter for National Geographic. Your assignment is to create a documentary using historical photographs and engaging narrative to teach other elementary school children about migration and its effects on the world.
This is exactly what the students in 4th grade are trying to accomplish as a final assessment for their Migration social studies unit.
Over the past 5 weeks, students have been examining major historical migrations, including The Atlantic Migration (Europeans traveling to America in the late 1800s/early 1900s), The Great Migration (African Americans moving from the South to the North), and the consistent seasonal migration of workers around the world (focusing on both the Mexicans and Chinese).
Throughout these investigations, students have been trying to answer the essential questions: Why did people migrate in the past? Why do people migrate now? What are positive and negative effects of migration on people’s lives? What are positive and negative effects of migration on the environment?
Students have taken these questions to heart and have found very personal connections to them. By interviewing family members and examining their own migration stories, the fourth grade realized that each of our lives has been shaped in some way or another due to migration.
With the assistance of Mark Barbar in technology, the fourth graders have been working hard to assemble a Photostory documentary. With a minimum of five presentation slides and high expectations for the narration of the project, everyone is putting forth their best effort to create a National Geographic-worthy presentation.
How has your own life been shaped by migration? Where have your journeys taken you? Have you finally found a place you call home, or has your migration story just begun?
The students’ final projects will be posted on their homeroom teacher’s website; if you get the chance, please visit and take a look at all of fourth grade’s hard work!
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