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An Investigation Into Immigration and Migration in the United States

Activity Description

Immigration and Migration in the United States

Students will use tables and visualizations of data about geographic mobility to explore rates and patterns of migration within, and immigration to, the United States. Using Census Bureau data tools, students will learn about past reasons for migration and immigration and understand the internal and external stresses of fluctuations in population.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

120-180 Minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to explain how America’s population has changed over time.
  • Students will be able to use examples to explain how migration within and immigration to the United States have changed.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 29 pages; it contains images that should be printed in color
  • A computer with Internet access for each student

Activity Items

The following items are a part of this activity.

  • Young Adult Migration, 2007–2009 and 2010–2012
  • Geographical Mobility, 2013–2014
  • Geographic Mobility, 2013–2014
  • The Foreign-Born Population in the United States, 2010
  • How Do We Know? American’s Foreign Born in the Last 50 Years

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will analyze census data from multiple sources.


High School Sociology


  • Geographic mobility
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Population change

Skills Taught

  • Analyzing data
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Interviewing

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