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Simulate the immigration process at Ellis Island, with some students acting as examiners and others pretending to be immigrants.

This worksheet includes several FutureFit Extension Activities that highlight 21st Century skills like critical thinking, service mentality, and creativity. These FutureFit Extension Activities are designed to reinforce the concepts included in the worksheet activity while integrating real-world skills. They can be used as in-class independent practice or group activities, or assigned for take-home or independent work.

FutureFit Extension Activities


(10-15 minutes):
Have students pretend it is 1890 and they just immigrated to the United States, and they are writing a letter to their family back in their home country. In their letters, they can answer the following questions:
• What was their journey like?
• What was Ellis Island like?
• Did they meet anyone interesting?
• What did they do when they arrived?
• Where are they living?
• How is life different in their new country?
Students should write from the perspective of an immigrant and be creative!


(10-15 minutes):
Ask students to consider if they would like to move to a new country at some point in their lives. Students should write an essay discussing the following:
• What country would they move to and why?
• What would they have to change about their way of life to assimilate to the new culture?
• What challenges would they face?
• What would they want to see and do when they arrived?

Excerpted from

Immigration Thematic Unit
Immigration Thematic Unit
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