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October 28, 2020 | Melia McHugh
When we started the Immigration unit, second graders thought about the word “Immigration” and what it means. We learned that it means when people move from one place to another. We then thought about reasons why someone would leave their country and move to a new country.
Some of the reasons that students came up with include: war, fires, lack of food, as well as school, a job, and family.
The classes were lucky enough to have “Immigration Experts” Zoom into our classes and share their immigration stories with us. Even Ms. Lowe’s mother called in!
The students asked the experts many important questions like: “Why did you come?”, “Where did you settle?”, “What did you bring with you, and what did you leave behind?”, “When and how did you travel?”,”What were opportunities that you experienced?”, “What was a challenge for you?” The teachers and students recorded the information that each expert shared. We were able to compare and contrast the experiences of our experts and recorded this on Venn diagrams.
We also read several books, telling about immigration experiences, from different time periods and different countries. The classes really enjoyed this Social Studies unit! Ask your child if they can answer any of the “Who”, “What”, “When”, “Where”, “Why”, and “How” questions that we answered; you may learn something new!