Lesson Plan

Finding a Home

Busy street scene in an ethnic neighborhood in New York City circa 1900; photochrom format.

Markets and peddlers on Mulberry Street in New York City's Lower East Side circa 1900.

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Seventh Grade
Subject:
History, Labor History, Social Studies
Duration:
30-35 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
Elementary:
Standard 4: 1B, 1C, 1E
Standard 5: 1B
Intermediate:
Standard 4: 1C, 1D, 1E
Standard 5: 1A, 1C

Overview

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.

Objective(s)

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe some of the feelings immigrants faced when deciding on a new settlement in the United States.
  • Contrast the benefits and drawbacks of living in a new location when determining a place to live and compare that to the choices immigrants make past and present.
  • Formulate several reasons why immigrants elected to live in selected areas.

Materials

  • Pencils or pens
  • Paper
  • Location descriptions (located in Step 2)

Procedure

Vocabulary

immigration
mutual aid societies
economic opportunity