Chicago History Minute

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The Great Migration

Grades 3 to 5

Gain empathy and understanding of the people who participated in one of the biggest population shifts in U.S. history.

Travelers in Time

By examining artifacts from the era of the second wave of the Great Migration, students will learn about one of the biggest population shifts in the history of the United States.

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Moving Objects

In this lesson students will explore and analyze the items in a Great Migration artifact kit to gain insight about one of the biggest population shifts in the history of the United States. They will then write a short story about the object.

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Traveler's Trunk

Students will analyze and interpret artifacts from the 1920s to learn about life during the Great Migration and will construct their own meaning and ideas about the history that surrounds us.

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Home Sweet Home

Students will learn about the role of photography in documenting the past. They will compare and contrast life in the South and the North during the time of the Great Migration.

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