It’s Friday, October 21, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at
Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)
This virtual field trip from Scholastic takes visitors on a video field trip to Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1924, twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island in their first steps to becoming citizens of the United States. Explore this story with the over 30-minute video that provides a walk-through tour of Ellis Island and interviews with knowledgeable Ellis Island park rangers.
Students will learn about:
- What was it like for immigrants to come to America and the screening process?
- The history of Immigration Station
- What was on the island before it became the doorway to America?
- Who was the first immigrant through Ellis Island?
- What happened to immigrants after leaving Ellis Island?
When you have finished watching the video, use the menu at the top to select “Explore Ellis Island” to:
- Read interesting stories
- Hear first-hand accounts from people who came through Ellis Island
- See historical photos
- Watch film footage of immigrants arriving
But the learning doesn’t stop there. Use the upper navigation to “Meet Young Immigrants” who recently immigrated to the United States and explore “Immigration Data”.
Select the “Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today” header to go to the main page of this unit. Scroll down the page to locate the “Teaching Resources” section to find:
- Teacher’s Guide – explains the objectives of the unit, provides grade-level lesson plans, and other suggested resources
- Book lists – suggested reading about immigration for students grades 3-5 and 6-12
- Ellis Island Facts and Worksheets – worksheets and interesting facts to supplement your studies
- The New York Times Interactive Map of Immigrant Settlement Patterns – an interactive map on the NY Times website that allows students to see where immigrants from specific countries settled in America
This unit not only provides an interesting virtual tour but loads of great information and activities to add your history studies on immigration.