I’m dropping in quickly to share some free resources for our interactive Ellis Island board game projects! In Social Studies, we’ve been studying immigration in the early 1900s (which has been truly an interesting parallel to our recent current events). Students learned about what pushed families out of their countries and what pulled them towards the United States during this time. We also discussed the great potato famine and what the trip over to the U.S. was like.
After spending a lot of time exploring the fabulous Scholastic Ellis Island Interactive Tour online, (if you haven’t seen this fabulous resource click HERE) the students were given the task of creating a board game based on the information we’ve discussed so far. They had to categorize factual evidence into positive or negative things that could happen to immigrants as they traveled to America as well as the process at Ellis Island. This came in handy for their board games because these positive or negative situations either sent players forward or backwards on their board games.
Every year my students LOVE this project because they can use their creativity, collaborate with their peers, and apply the knowledge they’ve been learning to an interactive game! It’s always a blast rotating through the games and each year I’m blown away by my students’ innovative ideas to make their games super complicated!!
You can view the project rubric and graphic organizer my students use for this project. Think about adapting the board game project for another unit of study if you don’t teach immigration! Any kind of human experience that has positive and negative situations would do!
Also, here are some fabulous immigration texts that my students love diving into during this unit of study.
Enjoy : )