Field Trips

We are pleased to be introducing new self-guided activities for school group field trips! Scroll down and click on the titles to read about the activity and download the worksheet; click the links in the bulleted list below to view the worksheet.

Teacher Guides to assist with trip planning:

(Grades 4-6) (Grades 7-8)

Ellis Island Self-Guided Activities

There is plenty to do and see while at Statue of Liberty or at Ellis Island. There is a variety of lesson plans designed for implementation before, during, or after visiting Ellis Island with your class. Check out these ideas and tips for self-guided groups. The audio tour is included in the price of your ferry ticket, so you can pick up your class's headsets when you arrive on each island.

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  • Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument

    Be an Inspector! Self-Guided Activity

    Top portion of prop used during activity on Ellis Island; Sioux Falls, SD advertisement

    Students play the role of a detective, uncovering the different steps immigrants had to go through before entering the United States a century ago. Then, students play the role of an immigrant family and decide what city to move to next based on family, work, and community.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    History, Immigration, Social Studies
  • Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument

    Board of Special Inquiry

    Drawing of Board of Special Inquiry hearing room

    In this onsite field trip activity, students will get the chance to play the role of an inspector hearing the pleas of six immigrants. 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

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument

    Dear Editor Self-Guided Activity

    Top portion of a reference sheet used during at activity at Ellis Island; text

    Newly arrived immigrants often encountered challenges when settling into their new homes and community. Some turned to advice columns in various newspapers to find support, guidance, and connections. As students evaluate historic documents, they will get a chance to play the roll of an advice-giver or as an immigrant. .

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    History, Immigration, Social Studies
  • Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument

    Politics! Self-Guided Activity

    Portion of Activity used while at Ellis Island; Historic political cartoon

    Newly-arrived immigrants have always stood in the crosshairs of United States policy. The self-guided activity Politics! helps students examine the controversy surrounding the issue of immigration by looking at political cartoons and other primary sources. Students can also engage in dialogue over statements made in primary sources about immigration in the past and today. Students will better understand the immigration debate by connecting issues of the past with the present.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    History, Immigration, Social Studies
  • Liberty Island from a boat; the patina green statue stands on her granite pedestal on Liberty Island with blue sky behind and dark blue water below.

    Bringing a class to the Statue of Liberty National Monument can be a fun, memorable, and educational experience. While there are no formal curriculum-based education programs offered on Liberty Island, resources are available online for self-guided visits.

    Type:
    Field Trips
    Subjects:
    Architecture, Art, History, Immigration

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Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
Statue of Liberty National Monument

New York, NY 10004

Phone:

(212) 363-3200

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