Information for Teachers
This investigation is linked to the following C3 Social Studies Standards for Grades 3–5.
D2.Geo.4.3-5. Explain how culture influences the way people modify and adapt to their environments.
D2.Geo.5.3-5. Explain how the cultural and environmental characteristics of places change over time.
D2.Geo.6.3-5. Describe how environmental and cultural characteristics influence population distribution in specific places or regions.
D2.His.3.3-5. Generate questions about individuals and groups who have shaped significant historical changes and continuities.
How to search the internet
1 Keep your request short
Fewer words will give a more accurate search.
2 Choose exactly what you want
For example: Arctic Circle Climate
3 Use quotes
Double quotes around a set of words tell the search engine to consider those exact words in that exact order without any change. For example: “Arctic Circle Climate”
4 Use the plus sign (+)
If you add a plus sign (+) between words, the internet will search for all the words. For example: migrate+birds+whales+mammal
5 Use the minus sign (–) to say what you don’t want
Use a minus sign (–) to show words you do not want to appear in your results. For example: if you search for burrowing animals and do not want mammals in your search, –mammals will exclude mammals. Note that you need to put a space before the minus sign for the word to be excluded.
6 Be very clear about what you don’t want
Ask questions and define problems
After reading New Country, New Life, you may have many questions about groups of people that migrate to a new country.
List your questions
- Compare your list with questions that others have.
- Choose a question you would like to investigate.
- You can work alone, with a partner, or in a small group.
You may want to choose one or more of these questions to investigate
Q1. Why do people migrate to a new country?
Q2. What experiences did these families have in their new country?
Q3. What things helped them adapt to their new home?
Q4. What things help remind them of their old country?Go to Part 2 Investigate →
You can find the information you are looking for by searching the internet:
San Francisco+early goldfields+Chinese migrants
Bracero program+Mexican migrants
Syria+refugee migration+United States
Find a way of recording your information that will allow you to see any patterns in the data.
Data Chart for New Country, New Life
(Download and change to suit your information)
Go to Part 4 Organize, analyze, and interpret data →
Organize, analyze, and interpret data
1. Look over the information you have gathered and the patterns you have found.
Why do people migrate to a new country?
What experiences did these families have in their new country?
2. Search for other patterns.
Why are friends and relatives important to immigrant families?
How do immigrants contribute to their new country’s culture?
3. Makes notes about what you find.Go to Part 5 Present and share →