Go back in history to the early 20th century. Imagine yourself traveling to America, maybe alone aboard a ship...for weeks ...being sea sick and afraid. That's what St. Mary's fourth graders were asked to do for "Immigration Day".
In the week's prior, students researched their family history and chose an ancestor to portray. Having saved their weekly [play] money they earn every week [just as immigrants did prior to their own voyage], the students purchased a passport, packed their most precious belongings and began their journey saying farewell to their kindergarten buddies before embarking on their trip to Ellis Island.
Upon arrival, the students entered the "Great Hall" where they had to pass a literacy test, health test and the final inspection, which included twenty-nine questions real immigrants had to answer. Railroad tickets were purchased if they wanted to travel beyond New York City. Once the final inspection was complete and passports were checked one last time, these immigrants were wished a "good life" in their new homeland, America. For more photos click here.