Second-graders get taste of Ellis Island

Members of Brooke Anderson’s second-grade class wait with their belongings as they go through customs as part of the Ellis Island Simulation.

Second-graders participated in the Ellis Island Simulation Feb. 25 as part of the Bringing History Home Immigration Unit.

During this unit the students learned about where their ancestors came from, why they immigrated to the United States, how they immigrated to the United States, what Ellis Island was, and how their ancestors may have lived in the United States.

The students had a passport that was checked by Principal Brad Thiel; underwent a “medical exam,” went through an interview, and filled out paperwork to live in the United States. A few unlucky students did not make it through and were deported. It was a great learning experience to show how immigrants felt as they entered the United States.

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