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Learning Center 2


Michelle Fargnoli

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Learning Center 2

Immigration through Ellis Island

by Michelle Fargnoli Learning Objectives Reading Activity: Using printed out articles from the internet and supplied texts as reading material, students will answer reading comprehension questions about the life of a famous immigrant.

Writing Activity: After reading a story and looking at a photograph of New York Harbor upon entrance on the ship, students will write a letter to a family member back home describing how they felt at that moment.

Speaking Activity: Given a list of questions, students will perform a reenactment of an interview process that took place when immigrants entered through Ellis Island.

Mathematics Activity: Given statistics, students will construct a bar graph demonstrating the number of immigrants from each country who came to America through Ellis Island.

Science Activity: Using supplied internet resources, students will define and then complete a chart describing the characteristics of various medical diseases that might’ve prevented immigration into the United States.

Immigration Through Ellis Island Reading

Students will read and answer questions about biographies of famous immigrants who entered the United States through Ellis Island. Writing
After listening to a story and viewing a photograph, students will compose a letter to family members back home about how they felt when they first saw the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.
Students will complete a chart illustrating the characteristics of various illnesses or diseases that may have prevented immigrants from entry to the United States.
Students will use statistics to create a bar graph dictating the number of millions of people from each country who entered the United States through Ellis Island. Speaking
Students will reenact the interview process that took place during immigration through Ellis Island.
WHO did WHAT after Ellis Island? (Reading Activity)
(to be completed individually)


Students will read a biography about one of the above three famous immigrant's lives
Students will read both designated articles from internet sources or provided texts
Students will then answer reading comprehension questions about their respective person.
Types of questions will include: Why did the person emigrate to America? Describe one aspect of the person's personal life, and more.
If there is extra time at the completion of this activity, students may visit a link containing a list of many famous immigrants, and the year they came through Ellis Island, to extend their learning on this subject..

I can see the Statue of Liberty! (Writing Activity)
(to be completed individually)

Read aloud of At Ellis Island: A history in many voices
(Students should place themselves in the shoes of the girl, Sera, who is around their age)

Students should will view of a photograph that features a view of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor from a steamship (take a minute to really think about the picture)

Imagine you are an immigrant. Write a friendly letter to a family member back home telling them how you felt when you first saw this view from your steamship.

Present their letters to the class!

THIS WAY for your interview! (Speaking Activity)
(to be completed in groups of 2 or 3)
students will be given a list of questions that were typically asked during the immigration interview process at Ellis Island
students will work in groups to compose answers to the questions
Students will acquire the roles of either the interviewer, or the immigrant and will present the reenactment skit
Based upon the answers they provide, the interviewer will decide whether or not the immigrant should be granted admittance to the United States

read aloud of page 45 of Ellis Island: Gateway to the new world

Where did all the immigrants come from?! (Mathematics Activity)
(to be completed individually)

students will first access http://library.thinkquest.org/5101/immig.htm
access and print out chart; chart discusses the number of immigrants who entered Ellis Island from each country
Students will round the number to the nearest hundred thousand, or ten thousand, or thousand.
Students will construct a bar graph displaying this information onto graph paper
decorate with coloring utensils!

Country Number of Immigrants
Italy 2,502,310
Russia 1,893,542
Hungary (1905-1931) 859,557
Austria (1905-1931) 768,132
Austria-Hungary (1892-1904) 684,163
Germany 633,148
Ireland 520,904
Sweden 348,036
Greece 245,058
Norway 226,278
Ottoman Empire 212,825
Scotland 191,023
The West Indies 171,774
Poland (1892-1897and1920-1931) 153,444
Portugal 120,725
France (Including Corsica) 109,687
Denmark 99,414
Romania (1892-1897) 79,092
The Netherlands 78,602
Spain 72,636
Belgium 63,141
Czechoslovakia (1920-1931) 48,140
Bulgaria (1901-1931) 42,085
Wales 27,113
Yugoslavia (1920-1931) 25,017
Finland (1920-1931) 7,833
Switzerland 1,103
Sorry; you are too ill to enter the United States! (Science Activity)
(to be completed in pairs)

visit http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/tour/index.htm

htm to complete the tour of Ellis Island. This link will provide students with background knowledge about the medical exam and other processes that took place during immigration through Ellis Island. During this activity, students will work in pairs in order to research and record information about various medical illnesses or diseases. After reading the information together, one student should dictate the information, and the other should record the information onto a given pre-organized chart (Appendix F). Using
, students should type in the various terms listed in the chart. The seven terms that will be assessed are trachoma, smallpox, leprosy, cholera, measles, typhus and yellow fever. Students will be responsible for finding the illness or disease’s definition, symptoms, treatment and causes; all provided on the given search engine. This will provide students with an organized assessment of the various medical reasons people were not accepted into the United States.
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