Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind
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School Library Connection
"Three of the special features of the book are primary source extensions that encourage students to use their smartphones or tablets to explore resources further, vocabulary labs that help the students learn new words related to the topic, and Inquire & Investigate labs that are hands-on activities students may do to really dig deeper. . . Recommended"
Children's Literature Review
In this volume of the "Inquire and Investigate" series, readers can learn about human migration through text, cartoons (including African American students), illustrations, and activities. Cummings makes clear that all members of species Homo sapiens have the same DNA and originated in Africa about 200,000 years ago. Many scientists believe they migrated out of Africa through Egypt and its River Nile to the Middle East and India. Humans have been moving ever since. Cummings explores the elusive story of the Neanderthals, our closest relatives (we retain a bit of their DNA), then turns to the mystery of how humans got to North and South America. The Jewish diaspora and the horrendous Atlantic slave trade are examined as examples of forced migration; Cummings predicts a great tide of world migration in our future, caused by climate change and alarming overpopulation in cities. Included are informative "Travel Tips," an extensive glossary, a timeline, and a selection of appropriate classroom projects. A special feature offers QR codes and prompt words for finding primary sources on the Internet.
National Science Teachers Association RECOMMENDS
"I highly recommend this well-written book. It covers topics in all of the sciences, from anthropology, to environmental science to biology as well as history and geography. This would be an excellent resource book for the middle school teacher."
Booklist Online "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."
Dr. Miguel G. Vilar, Science Manager, The Genographic Project, National Geographic Society
"A thoroughly researched and well-written book. . . I highly recommend the book."