Fourth graders find out what it was really like coming to America. They researched their family histories to find family members who came to our country through various ports of entry like California's Angel Island and the better-known port, Ellis Island. Using the St. Mary's laptop computer cart and their computer classes, the students saw the story of Ellis Island and took notes about the history of immigration. Each student also selected an ancestor to portray when the class re-enacted coming to America through Ellis Island. Each student purchased a pretend passport prior to Immigration Day. Once in their own "Great Hall" classroom students had to pass a literacy and health test before being asked the final "Twenty-Nine Questions," the last step to being granted permission to come onto American soil. Cherrie Beam-Clark from the Nebraska Humanities made the day seem so real by peeling potatoes and telling true stories of Irish immigrants. Many thanks to Cherrie, Mrs. Laney, the school's nurse, Miss Sheridan and all the parents who helped make this history lesson come to life. Click here to see photos of the day.
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