Immigration Simulation Day: A Day in the Life of an Immigrant at Ellis Island

Uthoff Valley Elementary School

12 volunteers
2 pens per station
tables (depending on how many students are participating)
chairs
4 different stamps or stickers for passports*
cruise ship horn sound effect downloaded from computer
siren from a party store (used for transitioning stations)
rope
cot
blanket
rubber gloves
plates (one for each student unless you are able to wash them)**
cups (one for each student unless you are able to wash them)**
bread (half a slice for each student)
milk (about 1 gallon per class)
bananas (half banana for each student)
book-bag
Loyalty Oath
green card
letter form
money
American flag worksheet
clipboard,
pencil
markers, crayons or colored pencils
an AR book (silent reading book)
passport.***
cardstock parchment paper (one piece per student)
gold seal sticker (one sticker per student)
*For authenticity, we ordered online 4 different rubber stamps (a cruise ship, “You Did It”, an American Flag, and a star) Instead of using stamps, you could use stickers of your choice.
**For authenticity, we ordered 30 tin plates and cups from a Civil War reenactments site.
Instead of tin plates and cups, you could use paper products.
*** For authenticity, we hand-made passports of cardstock parchment paper and placed a gold seal sticker on the front.