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  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
  • Text and political cartoons in the Peak Immigration Years Exhibit in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

    Use visually-engaging primary documents to help students contemplate and discuss contemporary issues related to immigration (particularly, in the Closing the Doors room of the Peak Immigration Years exhibit). In addition, this program should encourage critical thinking about published images and words that promote a particular point of view.

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

    Neighborhood Treats

    The lychee fruit looks like a berry with a hard scaly reddish outer covering and sweet whitish edible flesh (that surrounds a single large seed).

    Immigrants who were detained overnight were introduced to a variety of foods that they tried for the very first time at Ellis Island. In oral history interviews men, women, and children alike spoke in great detail about tasting Jello, white bread, and bananas, and oftentimes sent letters back home describing their awe, nervous anticipation, and the tastes and textures of these foods. In this lesson, students will learn about the different foods that contribute to the immigrant tradition today.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Third Grade
    Subjects:
    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
  • Busy street scene in an ethnic neighborhood in New York City circa 1900; photochrom format.

    As immigrants finished processing at Ellis Island, many waited with hopes, fears, and anticipation about where they chose to settle. Some preferred the comforts of immigrant communities nearby, whereas others hoped to find better job opportunities outside the greater New York area. Finding a Home simulates the experience of being a newly-arrived immigrant excited to take their next steps in America.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    History, Labor History, Social Studies