Lesson: Immigration in America: Arriving in America

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Lesson Objective

By the end of the lesson, SWBAT describe the process many immigrants went through when immigrating to the United States.

Lesson Plan

 

KEY POINTS.

 

·       Immigrants came to United States at the turn of the 20th century for many reasons.

·       Immigrants came to the U.S. to escape famine, and poverty in their home countries.

·       Immigrants came to the U.S. to try their hand at achieving the American Dream and capitalizing on the boom of the big business.

·       Immigrants came to the U.S. to join their families that moved in waves.

·       Many Immigrants came from Europe because of the extensive famine in Ireland, and the disparity in wealth.

·       Ellis Island was the first stop for many immigrants when they came to the U.S.

·       Ellis Island was a place where many immigrants started their new lives in America, and where many immigrants were sent back to their countries.  

·       Essential Question: “Why did an immigrant come to America at the turn of the 20th century?”

·       Vocabulary: Immigrants, Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Russia, China, American Dream.

ASSESSMENT.

 

T will assess the Ss understandings of the objective by reviewing the Ellis Island Brochure, and the written questions that they completed during Independent Practice

 

CONNECTION TO THE GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARD

 

 

SS5H3 The student will describe how life changed in America at the turn of the

century.

 

d. Describe the reasons people immigrated to the United States, from where they

emigrated, and where they settled.

1. OPENING (5 min.) (Engage) 

 

Teacher:

·       At the start of the lesson, T will put the following starter on the board: “What were some reasons that people immigrated to the United States at the turn of the 20th century?”  

·       T will have the Ss write their starter down.

·       T will ask the Ss to share out their sponge.

·       T will explain the objective for the day: By the end of the lesson, SWBAT describe the process many immigrants went through when immigrating to the United States.

 

Students:

·       Ss will write down their starter.

·       Ss will share their ideas with the class.

·       Ss will ask any last minute questions.

 

2. INTRODUCTION OF NEW MATERIAL (10 min.) (Explore/Explain)

 

Teacher:

·       T will review the concepts from the last lesson and particularly stress that people did not randomly come to the United States. Instead, they came to the U.S. to escape things like famine, disparity of wealth, and persecution. Places where this occurred were Ireland, Russia, and Germany, etc.

·       T will explain that the immigrants often times ended up in Ellis Island on the East Coast, and Angel Island  on the West Coast.

·       T will ask the Ss questions such as “What do you think life was like for immigrants just arriving to America?”

 

Students:

·       Ss will pay attention to the review and ask questions about the review as well.

3. GUIDED PRACTICE (30 min.) (Extend)

 

Teacher:

·       T will read a story on immigration (more specifically Ellis Island) to the class.

·       T will stop to work on skills such as identifying the main idea, and cause and effect.

·       T will tell the Ss that this individual story is unique, but it is not uncommon. Each immigrant had a story, but this time of change in the United States saw many people come from far away places for the same reasons.

·       T will also watch a brief clip from United Streaming entitled: The Pursuit of Happiness: Immigration.

·       T will pull up the scholastic activity on immigration

·       T will explain that the purpose of the activity is for students to explore this famous port of call.

·       T will explain that millions of people came through Ellis Island during its years of operation.

·       T will have then have students complete the interactive activity on the Promethean Board.

·       T will ensure that students are filling out the graphic organizer that goes with the activity.

·       T will stop and question the students on each different room that they virtually travel through.

Students:

·       Ss will listen to the story.

·       Ss will answer questions pertaining to the story.

·       Ss will participate during the interactive web activity.

·       Ss will ask questions.

4. INDEPENDENT PRACTICE (40 min.)(Evaluate)

 

Teacher:

·       T will have the Ss answer general questions after they are done with the Ellis Island activity. T will ask questions such as: “How do you think immigrants felt as they were approaching Ellis Island? Please explain with a lot of details.” “What do you think life was like in America for new immigrants?” “What were some of the challenges immigrants faced at Ellis Island and/or Angel Island?”

·       T will have the Ss create a brochure about Ellis Island from the notes they took during the interactive activity.

Students:

·       Ss will answer the writing questions

·       Ss will create their own Ellis Island brochure.

5. CLOSING (5 min.)

 

Teacher:

·       As a closing, T will have the Ss make observations on the activity.

·       T will have the Ss share out their brochures.

·       T will review the key points.

·       T will preview the next lesson – life in America for immigrants.

Student:

·       Students will answer questions.

·       Students will ask any last minute questions.

REINFORCEMENT

HOMEWORK (if appropriate).  

Social Studies Project on Immigration

 

Teacher's Reflection:

In addition to doing the Ellis Island web activity as a class, if you have enough computers in the classroom or have access to a computer lab, the students can also do the activity/scavenger hunt in partners or independently. I chose to do it as a class because I liked adding more information about Ellis Island than what was on the website. Also, the students had a great opportunity to ask questions during the activity. 

Lesson Resources

Ellis Island Interactive Website (Scholastic)
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America at the Turn of Century - Lesson 8 - Arriving in America - Ellis Island Brochure Template (Mac)   Activity
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America at the Turn of the Century - Lesson 8 - Arriving in America - Writing Questions   Writing Assignment
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America at the Turn of the Century - Lesson 8 - Arriving in America - Ellis Island Web Activity    Activity
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America at the Turn of the Century Unit - Lesson 8 - Immigration in America Arriving in America - Lesson Plan   Lesson Plan
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America at the Turn of Century - Lesson 8 - Arriving in America - Ellis Island Brochure Template   Activity
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The_Pursuit_of_Happiness__Immigration.mov  
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