As an introduction to their 20th Century Unit of study, the 5th graders experienced life as an immigrant traveling through Ellis Island. Each student was given a profile to follow and was required to travel through a series of rooms: Baggage, Information, Medical, Interview, and Passport. Students nervously entered each "room" facing interrogations by "Immigrant Officers" (otherwise known as moms, dads, and teachers). They were challenged with a number of difficult questions, leaving some feeling anxious and unsure of what was to come. Each passing inspection led them closer to their dream of living in America. The majority of the immigrants successfully made it through, yet sadly three immigrants were detained in the Deportation Room and faced a hearing from the Board. After many challenging questions, the three convinced the Board that they had value to bring to the United States and were blessed with beginning a new life.
Overall, it was an amazing learning experience that we believe the students will always remember!