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  • Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument

    Checking In

    Black and white image of immigrants and officials in the Great Hall

    For many immigrants, the legal examination in the Registry Room represented the greatest challenge at Ellis Island. Immigrants needed to remember information they submitted weeks earlier right before the ship embarked for the United States. After arriving at Ellis Island, immigrants endured a medical inspection, and waited nervously for around five hours, before the legal examination was conducted.  In this activity, students will play an immigrant being questioned at Ellis Island.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Third Grade
    Subjects:
    History, Social Studies
  • People seated in a courtroom setting with three judges at front with other officials (Photochrom image).

    Immigrants who failed the initial inspection at the Great Hall had to undergo a more lengthy interrogation at the Board of Special Inquiry. Immigrants had about ten minutes to convince at least two of three judges they were upstanding individuals who had not committed any crimes. These inspectors acting as judges heard up to two hundred cases each day. In this activity, students will get the chance to play the role of an inspector hearing the pleas of six immigrants.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    History, Social Studies
  • Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument

    Push and Pull Factors I

    Worksheet about push and pull factors using a t-chart.

    In the mid-to-late 1800s, large number of immigrants crossed the Atlantic Ocean to begin new lives in the United States. This activity explores the reasons why immigrants elected to leave their native countries, and examines how these factors are similar or different in immigration today.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    History, Social Studies