This is an activity that I use when I am introducing the topic of U.S. Immigration. For this activity you will need crayons or makers and enough index cards so each student can have one.
The attached form gives the directions for students. Basically you have students research their own family background and report back to class with information. You may have some minor issues with students who are adopted or do not know who their parents are. I work in an inner city school and often times come up with this problem. I typically tell the students to do the best they can and we work around it.