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The Immigration Game: A Classroom Ready Simulation Game

The Immigration Game: A Classroom Ready Simulation Game
The Immigration Game: A Classroom Ready Simulation Game
The Immigration Game: A Classroom Ready Simulation Game
The Immigration Game: A Classroom Ready Simulation Game
The Immigration Game: A Classroom Ready Simulation Game
The Immigration Game: A Classroom Ready Simulation Game
The Immigration Game: A Classroom Ready Simulation Game
The Immigration Game: A Classroom Ready Simulation Game
Product Description
Over 20 million immigrants entered the United States between 1850 and 1920. The Immigration Experience is a simulation game that follows 24 newcomers at the height of immigration in America. This classroom ready game is designed to encourage critical thinking and deepen understandings of immigration in the United States.

Instead of memorizing facts and figures about this critical time in American history, students will explore immigration through the use of historical fiction. This approach is highly engaging as students read about personal experiences and human events.

Students will each be assigned a character to play throughout the game. Students will follow that individual as they make the difficult decision to leave their homeland, travel across the ocean, pass through a port of entry, and begin a new life in the New World.

Teachers may choose from 24 characters. Sixteen countries, fourteen languages, and several different economic situations and religions are represented. Some characters enter America in search of religious freedom, while others are escaping poverty, or political instability. Others are simply seeking a better life.

The game can be played individually, or by placing students in small groups. Because this simulation inspires deep discussion and exploration, it generally takes students a full week to complete.


You will get…

24 characters, each leaving their homelands under different circumstances, some finding success in the New World, while others encounter great hardships

student materials for play

a graphic organizer for students to gather and record information

a projectable presentation to guide learning and promote discussion

a detailed teacher guide, which provides tons of extra background information and tips for educators

a list of guiding questions to encourage students to analyze, make interpretations, build inferences, ask questions, and formulate predictions

a step-by-step guide for facilitating this simulation

a master list of all the characters included in this simulation for quick reference

a list of cross curricular and extension activities

a list of children’s literature for further reading

additional websites for exploration and enrichment




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Total Pages
83 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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