Study of Push-Pull Factors Encourages Pantomimes, Treks

Stop by LGS an early afternoon in September, and you may find Mrs. Naveh’s 4-6 team social studies students using notebooks and other items to shovel out of a recent dust storm, or traveling from one classroom to another in the hope of finding gold nuggets.

Students have been studying various push-pull factors that influence migration to or within the United States. 

For example, when presented with facts about the Irish Potato Famine, students traveled down the hallway to a school office representing New York—the Great Hunger pushed many Irish to America for a new life free from starvation. Similarly, the devastation created by the Dust Bowl of the 1930s pushed people from Oklahoma and other states to California.

In the early 17th century, the Pilgrims were pulled to America to find religious freedom. In 1849, many Americans were pulled to California in response to the discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley.

So when visiting LGS on an early afternoon, don’t be surprised to find Mrs. Naveh’s social studies students traveling down school highways to portray another example of human migration or utilizing classroom materials to pantomime a significant event in U.S. history.

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