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Second Grade Ellis Island: Living History Day

Second Grade Ellis Island: Living History Day
Second Grade Ellis Island: Living History Day

It was a full day of learning at Oakwood School last week, as the 2nd grade class concluded their immigration and citizenship unit with their Ellis Island: Living History Day.

To immerse themselves in the journey undertaken by immigrants entering the country in the early 1900s, students dressed in authentic attire from that era in their respective countries of origin. Encouraged to bring a small keepsake symbolizing their homes, they also crafted passports and created luggage for the immersive experience.

The interactive venture began with an exploration of the crowded conditions on ships and the poor quality of food endured by most passengers. Following their simulated sea voyage, students faced lengthy lines for questioning and examinations, with some finding themselves in the infirmary or even the detention center. A warm welcome awaited them from Legal Inspector Shales. Once they successfully navigated through the necessary tasks, students were granted entry into the country. The day culminated in a celebration featuring an international feast.

While certain aspects of the experience proved more arduous than others, our students had the opportunity to vividly and authentically understand the trials faced by immigrants worldwide in their quest to reach America. The event left an indelible mark on all participants, ensuring that this unforgettable journey will be etched in their memories for years to come.

View the Ellis Island: Living History Day photo album here.