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  • Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument

    A Distant Shore

    A Distant Shore

    Learn about Ellis Island and immigration a century ago from a park ranger who broadcasts to your classroom live from New York! Students in grades 4-5 learn about the immigrant experience at Ellis Island through a variety of interpretive talks, videos, photos, and primary documents.

  • Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument

    Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island

    Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island

    If you are not able to bring your class on a field trip to Ellis Island, and an interactive distance learning program is not feasible, consider taking your students on this Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island created by Scholastic in collaboration with the National Park Service and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. This recorded version of the original live webcast features primary sources, the host interacting with park rangers who work at Ellis Island, and so much more!

Did You Know?

Great Hall circa 1900

In its time, Ellis Island was the busiest federal immigration station in America. In 1907, Ellis Island processed 1,004,756 immigrants, a record number for the Immigration stations. April 17, 1907 was the Island's busiest day, when 11,747 immigrants were processed. Today, the US Customs and Border Protection processes over 700,000 visitors daily through 326 official Ports of Entry. More...