Migratory Story is an intersectional, multi-touch program that dives into the essential question, “Why do living things move?” More importantly, “What is the importance of migration?” This Crissy Field Center program explores migration with a social, historical and scientific approach, introducing youth to concepts including push/pull factors, or the challenges and contributions of both animal and human migration to their environments.
Students focus on case studies of animals, identifying key characteristics of their migration patterns, the challenges or obstacles they face, and the adaptations that support them. Once youth have explored the value of migration through animal case studies, they investigate the reasons for human migration using San Francisco Bay Area as a case study. After bridging the significance of human migration to animal migration, students can solidify theses learnings by reflecting on their own migration stories. Throughout the program, students build inquiry skills, develop vocabulary of migration terms, critically analyze information, reflect and empathize with diverse migration narratives.
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Discover more about San Francisco Bay Area Immigration history on the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation website.
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