Lesson Plan : The Path To Work- Mexican Immigration

Teacher Name:
 Carolyn Shepherd
 Grade 5
 Social Studies

 Explain when, where, why, and how groups of people settled in different regions of the United States
 Mexican Immigration wave Immigrant; migrant worker; Hispanic
 Students will be able to determine how location plays a key role in where people settle. Students will ascertain the differing reasons that we have had waves of immigrants into our country by starting with the latest wave of immigrants, the Mexicans.
 -Students will complete a US map showing the current trends in Mexican immigration -Students will be able to list the following reasons for for this immigration wave: economic; better education for their children; healthcare
 textbooks; US outline maps; US census bureau data; projector with PowerPoint from internet
 Group Activity: Have students in groups of 4 answer the following question: Why do people immigrate to America? Have groups present their findings on the Elmo
 Using the projector display the information from this website: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/immigration/mexican9.html Have students get out their Atlas and look at the population trend as shown.
 Have students color the map to reflect states that have a high Mexican immigrant population. Students also need to discuss in their groups what impract they think this is going to have on our country.
 In groups students will choose between writing, drawing, or researching the assigned area.
Checking For Understanding:
 Teacher circulates; monitoring student progress; giving positive feedback and redirecting as needed
 (Project will be due on Friday for the final assessment) Today we have started our unit on how different groups of people settled into different regions. Tomorrow we will look at another group and compare why the relocated, where they relocated and how they arrived in America as well as their impact on our culture.
 Student input in lesson; group responses to questions; final projects
Teacher Reflections:
 What worked well in this lesson? What would you have done differently? Are there any other resources that you could have added?

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