Kirner - Ellis Island

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					Name of Lesson: Ellis Island

Grade Level: 4th          Subject: Reading/Writing        Prepared by: Kira Kirner

Overview & Purpose:                                                                                     Educational Standards Addressed:
Students are reading a story called Immigrant Children from their Imagine It! Program. The story        Students will be reading information about Ellis Island
takes place at Ellis Island. The students will learn the history of Ellis Island and then write a       from their I-Pod. While they are reading they will be
postcard, pretending to be an immigrant traveling to Ellis Island.                                      answering questions about the history of Ellis Island.
                                                                                                        They will then take that information to help them write a
                                                                                                        postcard pretending to be an immigrant traveling to Ellis

Objectives                            Students will use their research skills to locate information about Ellis Island on    Materials Needed
(Specify skills/information that      their I-Pods. They will also be writing their information in a post card and sharing   I-Pods, Ellis Island questionnaire,
will be learned.)                     it with the class.                                                                     postcard questionnaire, how to save
                                                                                                                             photo instructions

Information                           Teachers need to know that the students need to have background information
(Give and/or demonstrate              about Ellis Island before they begin writing their postcard pretending to be an
necessary information.)               immigrant. This project will take at least 2 days to complete.

Verification                          Students will be answering questions about Ellis Island using the Wikipanion app.      Other Resources
(Steps to check for student           Teacher will check for understanding by talking with the students and reading          (e.g. Web, books, apps, etc.)
understanding.)                       their answers they have written.                                                       Wikipanion app, Lifecard app, Image
                                                                                                                             Search pro app, Safari- Ellis

Activity                              Once students have found all of the answers, they will find 4 pictures of Ellis
(Describe the independent             Island and save to the photo app. They will then use the Life Card app. To create a
activity to reinforce this lesson.)   postcard from Ellis Island.

Summary                               Once students have completed their postcard, they will read it out loud and share      Additional Notes
                                      their pictures with the class using the document camera.                               Just know that this project is very
                                                                                                                             intensive. It took us a solid two days
                                                                                                                             to do all the background knowledge,
                                                                                                                             answering questions, sloppy copy of
post card, and entering it into the
Lifecard app.

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