Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island

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A virtual field trip takes scholars to Ellis Island. A host tours the grounds and interviews three National Park Rangers using questions made by local school children. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Direct learners to take notes while they watch; jot down important information as well as questions they may have and conduct a whole-class discussion to reflect on their experience
  • Visit the school library to check out books related to the topic; display them under an Ellis Island-themed bulletin board and allow class members to browse them when time permits 
  • Post a blog asking specific questions about the video to gauge pupils' comprehension based on their participation 
Classroom Considerations

  • A computer or other device with internet access is required
  • Headphones can increase focus when participants watch the video independently in the classroom 

  • Features actual footage of children and adults at Ellis Island
  • Information is explained in detail

  • The video's volume is inconsistent 
  • A slower pace may lose viewers' focus