Elementary School Activities

Grade 1 - America the Beautiful Map
Students decorate a map of the United States with special foods or customs from their culture.

Grade 2 - Reading Comprehension
Students read about immigrants who come to the United States and answer questions.

Grade 3 - Reading Comprehension
Students read about how immigrants who came to the United States often settled with people who came from the same place. Then they answer questions about the reading.

Grade 3 - Write About It
Students imagine that they are an immigrant entering the United States for the first time and write a journal entry about how they felt when they first saw the Statue of Liberty.

Grade 3 - Chart and Graph Skill
Students review a bar graph about immigration to the United States from 1880 to 1920 and answer questions using the information in the graph.

Grade 3 - Reading Comprehension
Students read about the Vietnamese American community of San Jose, California, and answer questions about what they have read.

Grade 3 - Interview a City
Students imagine that they are a reporter interviewing a city about the changes it went through starting in the late 1800s and the people involved in those changes.

Grade 3 - Cultural Exchange
Students explain a variety of items so that someone who has never seen them before can understand what the items are and how they are used.

Grade 3 - Web of Culture
Students give examples of art, sports, music, dances, and architecture that came from other cultures and became part of American culture.

Grade 4 - Write About It
Students review the basic requirements that an immigrant must meet in order to become a citizen of the United States. They then write a paragraph about what it means to be a good citizen.

Grade 4 - Welcome to America
Students read a portion of the poem engraved beneath the Statue of Liberty and create a banner that welcomes new immigrants to the United States.

Grade 5 - Write About It
After reading a portion of a poem by Emma Lazarus that is engraved below the Statue of Liberty, students imagine that they are an immigrant. They then write a letter describing why they came to America and what their hopes for the future are.

Grade 5 - Reading Comprehension
Students read a portion of Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus” and answer questions about its meaning. Students may need to refer to their Grade 5 United States textbook in order to fully answer question 3 in the activity.

Grade 5 - The Truth about Growing Cities
In the first portion of the activity, students read a list of statements about immigration and the growth of cities and decide whether the statements are true or false. In the second portion, students imagine that they work in a settlement house from the late 1800s or early 1900s and describe how they could help immigrants.

Grade 5 - Reading Comprehension
Students read two different sources about immigration in the early 1900s. They then answer questions about primary and secondary sources and compare the sources provided.

Grade 5 - Write About It
Students read a quote from Jane Addams, the founder of Hull House, and then write a letter describing Hull House and the services it provided for immigrants in the late 1800s.