ALEX Learning Activity

Welcome to Ellis Island!

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Haley Lescher
System:Lauderdale County
School:Lauderdale County Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 246
Welcome to Ellis Island!
Digital Tool/Resource:
Interactive Tour of Ellis Island
Web Address – URL:

In this learning activity, students will relate to the experiences of new immigrants to life in the United States by following the immigrants' footsteps by taking a virtual tour of Ellis Island.  The digital tool includes first-hand stories told by people who came through Ellis Island and historical photographs and films.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 6
United States Studies: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
2 ) Describe reform movements and changing social conditions during the Progressive Era in the United States.

•  Relating countries of origin and experiences of new immigrants to life in the United States
Example: Ellis Island and Angel Island experiences

•  Identifying workplace reforms, including the eight-hour workday, child labor laws, and workers' compensation laws
•  Identifying political reforms of Progressive movement leaders, including Theodore Roosevelt and the establishment of the national park system
•  Identifying social reforms of the Progressive movement, including efforts by Jane Adams, Clara Barton, and Julia Tutwiler (Alabama)
•  Recognizing goals of the early civil rights movement and the purpose of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
•  Explaining Progressive movement provisions of the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twenty-first Amendments to the Constitution of the United States

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.6.2- Identify the problems created by industrialization and urbanization of the late 1800s including poor working conditions and unhealthy living conditions; define the concept of reform and identify at least one major reform of the Progressive Movement including child labor laws, 8-hour workdays, and cleaner living conditions in cities; identify the expansion of conservation efforts by the national parks and national forests.
SS.AAS.6.2a - Identify goals of the early civil rights movement and th

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to describe the immigration process through Ellis Island and early experiences of new immigrants' life in the United States.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

The student(s) will view the interactive tour of Ellis Island. After viewing and discussing Ellis Island, the student(s) will write a letter to a family member describing their immigration process through Ellis Island.  What experiences did they have?

Assessment Strategies:

Students' will be assessed by their knowledge of Ellis Island in the letter.

Advanced Preparation:

Before the lesson, have the Ellis Island interactive tour open in a separate tab.

Variation Tips (optional):
Notes or Recommendations (optional):
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: Ellis Island, immigrants, Statue of Liberty