University of Minnesota
Immigration History Research Center

Immigration History Research Center's home page.

Lesson Plans K-12

Please visit our Curriculums section for a listing of available online teaching resources. See also the Teaching Modules (Global Race, Ethnicity, Migration) for use in high school classrooms and introductory college-level courses.

Integration of immigrants in their new communities

Debate & Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, and Consequences (Grades 6-12)

Nacirema Exercises (Grades 3-9)

U.S. History Immigration Unit Map (Grade 6)

U.S. History Immigration Lesson Plan (Grade 6)

Tenement Museum: From Ellis Island to Orchard Street with Victoria Confino

Follow the above link to begin your journey as an immigrant traveling to the United States during 1916. In this game you will "make your immigrant life" by choosing your character, three of your most precious items to take along with you, going through Ellis Island, making decisions about your household chores, and writing a post card! While you make your decisions, Victoria Confino will tell you about her life and her journey to the U.S.

Brought to you by:
Ariel Newland- Interaction and Visual Designer
William Martin- Flash Developer
Jeff Tancil- Producer
Lily Pualina- Victoria Confino Interpreter