Second graders spent the month of December studying immigration. This unit explored immigration to the United States long ago. The children were invited to learn their ancestors’ native countries of origin by completing and sharing “Immigration Tiles” (these are hanging outside of our room - stop and take a look!). They also learned about the push and pull factors bringing immigrants to the United States. Students learned about the challenging journey to America by steamship and the trials they went through once arriving in America. This unit culminated with an “Immigration Simulation” on Thursday, December 17th. Students had their passports and trunks and boarded a ship to America. Once the long journey was over they had to go through several different stations (passport, baggage, health screening, interview and money exchange) before they were allowed to stay in America. This activity was great fun and allowed all the second graders to “show what they know” about immigration!