Monday, August 24, 2015

Ellis Island: Tell us what you think!

Create a post by responding to this prompt:  What do you think it would be like to be a 3rd grader who came to Ellis Island as an immigrant?

Make sure you read and watch what is provided below:

Ellis Island opened in 1892 as a federal immigration station, a purpose it served for more than 60 years (it closed in1954). Millions of newly arrived immigrants passed through the station during that time–in fact, it has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.
An immigrant is a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.
Check out this video.  3rd graders from Willow Elementary created the video about Ellis Island.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC9q-kpfm0I

Read this and look at the pictures to learn more about Ellis Island.  http://www.fasttrackteaching.com/burns/Unit_4_Cities/U4_Ellis_Island_NYC.html

Don't forget to write your opinion!  What do you think it would be like to be a 3rd grader who came to Ellis Island as an immigrant?

109 comments:

  1. As a third grader it would be frightening because you might not pass the test and not be able to be with your family. And you won't know anyone that's there. Claire

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    1. I agree cause it would be scary
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    2. Claire - You made an excellent point about not passing the test. It would be so disappointing to have to turn around and go back to Europe. Good job. Mrs. Belinda

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    4. That is an interesting point, Claire. I wonder what the parents and other siblings did or where they went if a child was sick and had to stay in the hospital for a while. Hmmm.... - Colton's mom

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  2. I would miss my mom and dad. I would be so so so so so so TERRIFED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would be so mad+sad. BY: Aiden Buckley.

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    1. Aiden - You make great points but the 'so' and '!' are distracting. Keep up the good work! Mrs. Belinda

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    2. Aiden next time maybe not so many ! you know it kind of gives me a headache but I like 'mad +sad'.

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  3. it would be weird cause being immigrant cause you would have to go to Ellis island.they had to check your mouth,ears,head,eyes and your body
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    1. Emily - Your detail about what the immigrants have to have checked is excellent. Please use punctuation next time. Mrs. Belinda

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    2. Emily, it sounds exactly like going to the doctor for a checkup, doesn't it? - Colton's mom

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  4. I think it would very scary.If someone pulled me away from my Mom, Dad or both and not knowing what they are saiying!
    By wesley

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    1. I agree I wouldn `t like to be pulled from my mom and dad

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    2. Wesley - I agree with the point you make about 'what they are saying'. I think it would be frustrating to try to understand what they wanted me to do. Good thinking. Mrs. Belinda

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  5. I think I feel scared if they took me away from my parents or took my parents away from me. I think it would feel devastating. by Brady

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    1. Brady - Great word when you used devastating. It would be devastating to be pulled away from parents. Mrs. Belinda

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  6. It would be terrifying.I would be aloen do not now a thing. BY SARA

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    3. Sara - It would be hard to be alone. I think that it would be confusing as well trying to understand the process and what I was supposed to be doing. Mrs. Belinda

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    4. Sara, your comment makes me think about Annie Moore and how alone she must have felt being the very first one to go through the immigration process at Ellis Island. You're right, it really would be terrifying. - Colton's mom

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  8. It would be terrifying because I don't speak English! BY Anna

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    2. I agree I would be clueless what they were saying I would get lost
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    3. I agree because I also think it would be terrifying. this is Anna

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    7. Anna - The language barrier would be difficult. I agree. Mrs. Belinda

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    8. I agree Anna because you mite speak Aisa or Chines, it would be hard to speak and write.Lillian

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  9. I think it would be cool to be an immigrant. Because I could learn new experiences and speak new languages,Colton

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    2. Colton - Your thought process is excellent. I think you made great points about why it would be interesting to be an immigrant. Many students don't agree with you and you make a good stand. Mrs. Belinda

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    3. Colton, my little adventurer, I love how you are thinking about the new and exciting possibilities that would be out there once you would get beyond the short immigration process at Ellis Island. You could help others who are scared to realize the possibilities past their fear! - Mom

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  10. Being an third grade imagrant I would be scared REALY scared. Being from a forghne country to a nw country I would be scared !!!!!!!!!!!! I would'nt want daddy to go first! Would you want your dad to go he could die on the boat. It was in the 1800-1900 No doctors! Alex Vires

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    1. Alex - You make excellent opinion statements as well as support your opinion. Are you positive that there were no doctors in the 1800's? Research that and get back to me! Mrs. Belinda

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    2. Alex your right.I would not would not want my dad to die on the boat then I would not know.Lillian

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    3. Im sure there were doctors but I meant like surgery or ER doctors. Alex Vires

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    4. Alex - Thank you for clarifying about the doctors. Way to rethink it. Mrs. Belinda

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    5. No problem when I make a mistake I want to fix it learn from it. You know? Alex Vires

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    6. I do know and I think that is a wonderful attitude about learning. You can only grow from mistakes! Mrs. Belinda

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    7. It would be scary cause if I got sick they didnt have the right cure and im always super scared when my family is not around!Elis island has a dangerous journy. cian barber

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  18. I will be scaerdsad and wored and miss my mom.
    by thomas

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    1. Thomas - Scared, sad and worried are good words to describe how you would feel if you were an immigrant on Ellis Island! Mrs. Belinda

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  21. I would be scared and nervis because I could get sent back.
    BY Jonathan

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    1. Jonathan - Being sent back would be so sad. Good thought. Mrs. Belinda

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  22. I think I would be nervous becauase I could get sent back or I might not have enogh money.

    by keara

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    1. Keara - Great job introducing the money reason. I haven't read any other person who stated anything about the money! Mrs. Belinda

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  23. I think it would be cool because I would come from a different country.
    by Aaron taylor

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    1. Aaron - What a great perspective on the question. Mrs. Belinda

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  24. It would be bitter because you would be away from your family and you would be in a new contry with a new family.
    Lily Sanford and Lilly Allen

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    1. Lilly times 2 - Bitter is an excellent descriptive word. Mrs. Belinda

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  25. I would be scard because I would not no what to do.

    by Kaylee

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    1. Kaylee - Not knowing what to do is very scary. Good point. Mrs. Belinda

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  26. I thank it wolud be sckare becuse it is nothing you seen. by Isaac

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    1. Isaac - New experiences are scary. Being at Ellis Island would be scary because it is a new experience. Mrs. Belinda

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  27. I think it would be cool because I would get checked by BEN

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    1. Ben - You and Colton made similar comments. I would love hear more about why you think being checked is cool. Mrs. Belinda

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  28. I thinck it would be scery because you would be away from your mom dad.
    by Abigail

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    1. Abigail what does thinck mean? Do you mean think? Alex Vires

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    2. Abigail - Being pulled away from your parents would be frightening. Good thinking. Mrs. Belinda

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  29. We think it would be scay ifl you lost your famely landyn

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    1. Landyn - It would be scary if you lost your family. Good answer. Mrs. Belinda

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  30. i think that i would be worried because i would miss home and my family. by: emily kogos

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    1. Emily - Being worried about being away from home would be a concern. Make sure you always capitalize the letter 'i' when it is by itself. Good thoughts! Mrs. Belinda

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  31. I think being by my self on Ellis island would scary because I would get kidnaped.
    by Alex Jones

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    1. Alex - What an interesting view about being on Ellis Island. I guess someone could take you. What an interesting take on the question. Mrs. Belinda

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    2. Well you could stick right beside a grown up and so people will think he is your daddy but make sure you speak the same languige and everything you know sort of like if he has blond hair, is a white person, and is goofy pretend like he's your daddy okay? Also you should make sure he dose not notice you so he won't yell at you ask who's kid you are and all that rout'n toot'n stuff do you know what I am talking about?Or not? If you do I'm always open on Mrs. Belinda Anderson's blog by the way I'm Alex Vires.

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  32. I think it would be sad+mad because I would be away from my parents but i would visit.
    BY Brennan

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    1. Brennan - I would have mixed emotions about all the things that would happen if I were an immigrant at Ellis Island. Use the word 'and' instead of the '+' next time! Mrs. Belinda

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  33. i would be very frightented because i would miss my family and my home i feel very bad for the immigrants that are sick and miss their home and families. by: Mckenzie Adams

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    1. Mckenzie - Your point about the immigrants being sick and feeling empathy for them is excellent. Mrs. Belinda

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  34. I think that it would be scary because i would be a new American.

    By: Oliver

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    1. Oliver - What a good thought about being a new American. It would be a frightening experience. Mrs. Belinda

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  35. We would feel sad to leave our special belongings.By Wyatt and Elijah

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    1. Elijah and Wyatt - What a specific response about the belongings - that is an excellent detail! Mrs. Belinda

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  36. I think it would be scary because you would not be able to see your family if you got sent back . La'Tariyahna R.

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    1. I agree with you because you used amazing words. BY:Aiden B.

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    2. La'Tariyahna - Being sent back would be horrified - good point. Mrs. Belinda

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    3. Cool, I think I would be scared to if I got sent back and my family got to go to America.

      Alex Vires Also I would dislike the food or having the risk to die!

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  37. I would be terrified because me or my parents might get sent back, and I can't speak the people's language.Lillian

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    1. Lillian - I agree with you about being sent back. It would be so disappointing. Mrs. Belinda

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  38. I will be scared because you do not speak the same language as the American you will be in the same room and they will be saying stuff that you don't know and I will be nerouvs because what if your parents got sent back from a diese or something you will be there by yourself and you might have to get adopted if your parents get sent back I will be really scared/worried at the same time /Dakedra.t

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    1. Dakedra - What a detailed comment that you made about your feelings. You are going to be well prepared for February. Mrs. Belinda

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    2. Thanks Mrs.Belinda Dakedra t. ps: I missed writing today

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  39. Ohh I also wanted to say that immagrants also got sick for there food witch was usaly dried meat [cold have been bad] dried hard bread and they usualy broght lime juice to drink to help them get vitamans they can't get beacause they can't bring fruit on the ship it will go bad. Alex Vires

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  40. some immagrants got sick?i agree with summer by lizzie and summer

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  41. The ship was dirty and 2% immagrants did not get come by lizzie and summer ;] ps were awesome

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  42. Mrs belinda you're awesome ps by lizzie and summer

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  43. some immagrants got sick?i agree with summer by lizzie and summer

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