Immigrant Families

Grade Levels: 3 - 5


Students travel back in time to learn about the lives of the immigrant families who made their home in a tenement on New York City's Lower East Side in 1870 and 1915.


  • Students will use vocabulary related to turn of the century immigrant life in New York City.
  • Students will appreciate some of the challenges and difficulties of family life for immigrants.
  • Students will understand how the families' lives were shaped by the environment in which they lived.


  • Worksheet: Immigrants' Experiences Worksheet activity worksheet after they visit The Urban Log Cabin website. This activity can be completed individually or with a partner.
  • Set up a time when students can share their work and a place for them to display their drawings.


    Use students' activity worksheet responses to evaluate their ability to gather information about immigrant families from a website. Assign a point value for each response.


    • Using Neighborhood Portrait ( have students work in pairs or small groups. Click on the step-by-step instructions for creating a neighborhood or community portrait.
    • Have students present their portraits to the class or school. Encourage them to focus on a specific aspect of their community that interests them.
    • Explore the lessons in the Immigration Theme on TeacherVision.

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