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Ellis Island Research and Share!

September 28, 2022 | Rebekah Lowe

Second and third graders are learning about immigration!  They are watching videos about Ellis Island, where over 12 million immigrants came through to the United States between the years 1892-1924.  They watched a video telling about a young Filipino girl who came to the U.S. and what that experience was like for her.  We hope to also hear some of your stories of how you came to the U.S., as we know many of you also were born outside of this country.

Last week and this week, students studied and researched different questions about the Ellis Island experience – reasons for coming and also what happened while they were at Ellis Island – going through the Baggage Room to the Great Hall, going to the different examination rooms, and walking down the Staircase of Separation, where immigrants would go to the railroad ticket office, to the banks to exchange money, or sometimes back to their home country.

After reading and learning about their question, they shared it with the class, so all could learn the answers to the many questions.

Take a look at some of the questions they researched!  You will also see some pictures of the students when they were presenting to the class below.

We are excited to go to Ellis Island next week and walk in the shoes of immigrants.

Rebekah Lowe

Teacher, Grades 2&3

Rebekah Lowe knew that she wanted to be a teacher ever since middle school when she was inspired by an English teacher who developed interactive games and creative acronyms for many of the topics that were discussed. Because of her teachers, Ms. Lowe attended the education program at the College of New Jersey, where she experienced a variety of classroom environments, and earned a teaching degree. She was also a part of the Education Honor Society. After graduating, Ms. Lowe taught English in South Korea, and during this time, she was able to travel around Asia and experience new cuisines and cultures. Her love of travelling increased, and she hopes to travel more in the future! She began her teaching career in the United States at Mustard Seed School in 2018 as a second and third grade teacher in the Meadows class. She’s excited to be a part of the school community and share her many experiences with her students.

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