4th Graders Immigration Study

Sea Cliff Immigration Day
Students Celebrate their Arrival to Ellis Island  

On June 11 2019, the fourth graders of Sea Cliff School celebrated their arrival to Ellis Island culminating weeks of the Immigration unit of study. To prepare for the Immigration Day, each child researched a specific country of people who emigrated to the U.S in the early 1900s.

On Immigration Day, the fourth graders became Immigrants - dressed in authentic clothing, carrying their personal belongings in suitcases, and displaying forms of identification from their country of origin.  The Sea Cliff fourth graders experienced a small taste of what it would have been like entering America through Ellis Island!

In costume, each student positioned themselves in the hallways and staircases around Sea Cliff Elementary School and told their remarkable stories to family members, teachers, and classmates of how they arrived through Ellis Island in the 1900’s. They even presented identification papers, answered questions including “Who was the first president of the United States?”, discussed how they went through the legal immigration process, and signed in at the registry room.

It was an amazing sight to see these young students reliving and detailing the past hardships of our ancestors. Thank you to all of the fourth grade teachers including Ms. Lori Weingust, Ms. Audra Boyle and Ms. Lindsay Feibus, students, and parents who participated in this authentic, hands-on, interdisciplinary learning experience.

Article by Shelly Newman
Photos by Shelly Newman and Ms. Lindsay Feibus