Students explore immigration at the turn of the century through Ellis Island and,later through Angel Island. They visit websites; view photos and short videos; read and discusss related books; and use graphic organizers to record their findings. Songs, poems, plays and dioramas allow them to share their interpretations with peers and parents. Interviewing immigrants is an optional but important part of the project.
This fifteen page detailed lesson contains suggested websites, books,assessment and sharing suggestions as well as many activities to make learning meaningful. A new addtion to this unit is an Immigration Game complete with gameboard, task cards, directions and answer key.
This lesson has been used successfully with fourth, through sixth grades.