Through the eyes of a refugee
A lesson plan for grade 7 Social Studies
This lesson asks students to analyze the “Afghanistan, Land in Crisis” map (available in print and online) to determine how the physical geography of this region affects the lifestyles of the individuals who live there. Students will be asked to consider how, particularly in a time of conflict, topography influences the locations of refugee camps and the paths refugees might take to leave the area. This lesson can be found on the National Geographic website.
- study a refugee map of Afghanistan;
- locate the largest concentrations of refugee camps and characteristics of their locations;
- compare the refugee map with a satellite map of the region;
- determine how physical traits of the areas might impact the refugee camps; and
- create theories to explain why particular locations were chosen for the refugee camps.
Social Studies (2003)
- Goal 2: The learner will assess the relationship between physical environment and cultural characteristics of selected societies and regions of Africa, Asia, and Australia.
- Objective 2.03: Examine factors such as climate change, location of resources, and environmental challenges that influence human migration and assess their significance in the development of selected cultures in Africa, Asia, and Australia.