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Second Grade Ellis Island Simulation
Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station. Most of the immigrants who came to America through Ellis Island were from eastern and southern Europe.
In many cases, they came to the United States to escape poverty and other issues that existed in their small towns. They began their journey to America on foot or train. Many trekked hundreds of miles across Europe to get to a seaport.
Their trip across the Atlantic Ocean was rough, their ships were crowded and most passengers were very tired. When they arrived to the New York Harbor, one of the first things they saw was the Statue of Liberty. For most people, Ellis Island was their "Isle of Hope"
Weddington Elementary's second grade teachers and media center staff created an Ellis Island immigrantion experience for our second grade students to explore outside our school. The immigrants' (second graders) day consisted of packing their belongings, taking their passports and loading a boat for America. Students waited in lines to be evaluated and interviewed. There were many stations set-up for each student to experience while on their journey.
Medical - students were examined by a nurse or doctor, they had their temperature taken, eyes examined and ears tested.
Information - information sheets for immigrants to fill out. The sheets included information from their passports and questions regarding their life in America.
Baggage - immigrants' backpacks and luggage were inspected before given approval to continue with their journey.
After receiving all approvals, immigrants received a stamp in their passports. Students were eager to share their thoughts and knowledge from the day.
Our parent volunteers also enjoyed their part in the day. The simulation was a great a way to end the second grade unit!
Written by: Stacie Davis
Posted: Feb 19, 2014 by Stacie Davis