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Old 10-07-2006, 09:05 AM
 
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As a new grade four teacher, I'm in the midst of teaching immigration. My class doesn't seem interested and I know I need to SPICE things up to make it come alive.

Any suggestions of lessons/activities that have gone over well and engaged your class?

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I usually have my class work on a family tree during this unit so we can compare where each of us came from. Unfortunately most of my class is usually of German background, or the parents can't reach back far enough, but it does help create interest.
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I usually teach immigration around November. I read the book, Molly's Pilgrim, watch the movie, and do a few comprehension activities centered around the book. I also have the children interview a grandparent or parent in order to find who was the first in their family to come to the U.S. They have a list of questions for example, what was the reason for coming to America, how did they feel coming to a new place, what was life like for them when they first got here, etc... After they gather the information, they write a paragraph, and make a doll that represents the first immigrant in their families. The doll should match the time period as well as the country they came from. The children have made beautiful dolls out of dishwashing soap bottles. They have been so creative. This has worked for me since they are the 4th generation to live here. Sometimes they do not know their family history, so then I recommend they ask around to see if they can find a recent immigrant and they interview that person.
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I teach fifth graders. We do activities like the following:

A simulation of being an immigrant coming to Ellis Island right off the ship. Each student plays a role (ex. doctor at the bottom of the long set of stairs, doctor who checks the eyes, doctor who checks for lice, one of the hospital workers, immigrants from various countries, interpreters for different languages, guards, money exchanger, and the question station workers (I don't remember the exact job title!) who asks a variety of questions to each immigrant such as "Do you have any money? Do you have a job ready for you? Why have you come here? Where will you live?" etc. The students really "get into" this. Each is given a role card at the beginning of the simulation that gives them suggestions on how to act and what to do/say. They do a lot of ad-libbing (sp?) which is neat to watch.
Each of the immigrants wears a piece of black construction paper pinned to his/her shirt. The doctors place chalk marks on them if they find any defects such as back problems, eye problems, lameness, heart problems, etc. Some were sent to the hospital, some were sent back to their country depending on the severity of their illness. They moved around the room as if they were actually moving through stations at Ellis Island. This activity makes for some great photo ops.

We read and discuss info on Ellis Island from resources such as the Ellis Island issue from Kids Discover magazine.


In partners, the students research a country and create a large poster to represent that country and its immigrants. They present it to the class as a minilesson. They have to include such info as the country's name, what the immigrants are called, time period when they immigrated, reasons for emmigrating (leaving the country in which they lived), the country's flag, areas where they settled, and interesting info about the country.

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Wow!
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These are great ideas!


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