Immigration Project Ellis Island

Grade Levels
5th - 11th
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4 pages
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Preview: Immigration Project!
Prosperity, individual rights, land, and opportunity, encouraged thousands of Europeans to immigrate to the United States! This project should provide you with a firm understanding of the immigration process, past and present.

Materials needed:
Laptop, iPad, wifi capable device
Scholastic’s Interactive Tour of Ellis Island
One ream of copy paper
Colored pencils, crayons, markers

Scratch the surface of personal genealogy.
Develop a firm understanding of the immigration process past and present.
Choose an alter ego, create a passport, travel back to early 1900s, and complete the immigration process at Ellis Island!
Reinforce basic technological skills and internet safety.

III. Welcome to Ellis Island!
“Welcome to Ellis Island! I'm sure it has been a long and exhausting journey, and I know you're very anxious to start your new life in the United States of America! Before we can allow you to enter on a permanent basis, you must first pass the immigration process here at Ellis Island.”
Click this link to access the virtual tour of Ellis Island!
Hopefully your passport is in your possession, because without it, you're not getting in! Plus, it's where you’ll be logging all of your information and collecting passport stamps.
A total of nine passport stamps from your “immigration officer” are required. Read and follow all instructions. Good luck!

Stop One: The Passage
1. Read the summary.
2. Check out all available pictures, video, and audio.
3. “So you think you can map!”
Use Google Maps, Wikipedia, Atlas, etc to locate and learn a little about your country of origin.
As you saw in the pictures, passengers made time for dancing aboard the ship. Create a quick dance routine to pass the time!
4. Perform your routine live, then get your passport stamped by an immigration officer.
Total Pages
4 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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