Copyright

Ellis Island Activities

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Studying Ellis Island is a great way to familiarize students with immigration history. The activities in this lesson will help you make the most of your work around Ellis Island.

Why Ellis Island Activities

Have you been wondering how to get your students more engaged in their studies of history? If you are working on immigration, there are many different things you can do to access students with diverse learning styles, strengths and passions. Instead of just working with a textbook, you might want to consider incorporating more hands-on activities into your teaching. Activities can energize a study by helping students become active agents in their own learning. A study of immigration to this country will often involve learning about Ellis Island, which was such an important gateway and landmark for so many immigrants. The activities in this lesson will help you bring your work around Ellis Island to life, invoking critical thought and active learning.

Reading and Writing Activities

The activities in this section get students reading and writing about Ellis Island.

Answer Your Own Question

Encourage your students to brainstorm a list of questions about the experience of immigrating through Ellis Island. Then, break your students into partnerships or small groups. Each group should focus on researching the answer to a specific question. Bring students back together and have them present their expertise from the reading they have done in their focal area.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support