Research the great wave of immigration to the United States in the 1800s then create a model of an immigrant marketplace.
Research and create dioramas to show where immigrants live in cities around the world. Often, tenements are crowded, and people of the same nationality gather in neighborhoods.
Imagine what it feels like to leave your homeland forever. How do immigrants make a life in their new country? What obstacles do they have to overcome? Historically, what jobs have been held by new immigrants? Find out how immigration played a role in your family's history.
Research the Statue of Liberty and what it signified for immigrants. Ponder this Emma Lazarus poem: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
Students research immigration to find out why people from Europe, Asia, and elsewhere left their homelands during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Students determine what living conditions were like when immigrants first settled in the United States or elsewhere during that period.
Children design and create a traditional immigrant marketplace with figures in authentic clothing and signs that represent the language and culture.
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