Lesson Plan

Middle Atlantic State Migration

In this lesson, your students will use guiding questions as a way to organize their thoughts about non-fiction reading. They will also gain an understanding of some of the factors that led to the colonization of the Middle Atlantic States.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to report in an organized manner the migration of people to a Middle Atlantic state by discussing key people and motivating factors involved in the state’s settlement.


(5 minutes)
  • Call students together near the posted map of the United States.
  • Begin by asking students why they think people move. List all of the reasons students give on a whiteboard or piece of chart paper.
  • Tell students that these reasons can be divided into two categories: push factors and pull factors.
  • Explain that push factors are things that push people away from the area they currently live in. For example, if people are getting hurt there or if people are hungry because of a famine, they will be pushed to move.
  • Tell your students that pull factors are things that attract people to another area. For example, freedom of religion and expression are pull factors for America.
  • Have students separate the list they made as a class into push and pull factors.