Human Migration: Investigate The Global Journey Of Humankind

About 200,000 years ago, humans arose as a species on the continent of Africa. How did they get to the rest of the world? When did they leave, why, and how? Whether by bamboo raft or Boeing 747, whether to escape political persecution or because of climate change, migration is a recurring pattern throughout human history.

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In Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind, readers ages 12 to 15 retrace the paths taken by our ancestors, starting with the very first steps away from African soil. Understanding who has migrated, from where, when, and why helps us understand the shared history of humans across the world and the future that links us together.

Kids discover how archaeologists, paleoanthropologists, linguists, and geneticists piece together different parts of the puzzle of ancient migration. Inquiry-based activities include testing the strength of Viking head gear, building a model of Beringia to evaluate the impact of climate change, designing a raft to explore how early humans traveled by sea, and many more.

Human Migration takes readers on a journey from our common ancestry to our shared future on an increasingly fragile planet.

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Series: Inquire and Investigate
Genre: Nonfiction
Tag: Activity books
Publisher: Nomad Press
Publication Year: 2016
ASIN: 1619303752
ISBN: 9781619303751
“The story of human migration is an old tale, far older than the written world,” explains Cummings in this exploration of the global movements of people throughout history, part of the Inquire and Investigate series. Alongside playful comic strip entries from Casteel, Cummings looks at migratory patterns that include early Homo sapiens leaving Africa, scientific debate over how humans traveled from Asia to Australia, and the colonization of the New World. Throughout, Cummings notes how archaeological finds shed light on people’s patterns of movement and highlights the motivations behind migration, whether forced or voluntary. Sidebars, reader-directed questions, and activity ideas offer additional ways for readers to consider how recent instances of migration from countries like Syria compare to those from centuries past. A timely and useful resource.”
– Publishers Weekly
“. . . a thoroughly researched and well-written book. It covers numerous exciting and up-to-date topics in anthropology, biology, geography, environmental science, and history in an entertaining and educational framework. The subject of human migration works well in bringing these disciplines together.”
– Dr. Miguel G. Vilar, Science Manager, The Genographic Project, National Geographic Society
“How did our ancestors migrate from one place to another and what motivated them to do so thousands of years ago? Why do people continue to migrate across the globe today? This entry in the Inquiry and Investigation series attempts to answer these complex questions. Cummings explores the reasons for human migration, including political conflict, racial and ethnic discrimination, and environmental disasters, while touching on today’s immigration issues and the future of human migration. Readers will discover that emerging evidence continually disproves previously accepted theories of how mankind migrated. Each chapter includes activities and key questions for readers to solve, and a “Vocab Lab” of words encourages them to refer to the extensive glossary. The time table at the beginning of text is helpful, as is the book’s most fun feature, QR codes that link videos to the text. This is a good overview of the topic for middle-grade social studies classrooms.”
– Booklist Online
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