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Unit Plan: 1

Immigrants & Immigration To America



Lesson Plan for Monday
Grade: 4th
Social Studies Strand: History
Submitted By: Janis Gomme-Campbell

EDEL 453: Teaching Elementary School Social Science
Nevada State College Spring 2014
Instructor: Karen Powell



Unit Plan 1: Immigrants & Immigration submitted by: Janis Gomme-Campbell

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B. Summary of the Lesson Plan:
Identify what immigration means and learn about immigrants that shaped our country. SW learn about immigrants through
video, song, and a worksheet.
C. Basic Information:
Grade Level: 4th grade
Time to Complete this Lesson: 50 min
Groupings: individual, partners, group
D. Materials:
video: "The Great American Melting Pot": http://youtu.be/5ZQl6XBo64M (3:20 min)
video: "Ellis Island: The Digital Archive": http://youtu.be/eH2hllmZdRg
CD: Neil Diamond's "Coming to America"
Song sheets: Neil Diamond's "Coming to America"
Worksheet: "Immigration picture prompts."
pencil
E. Objectives:
o NV State Social Studies Standards
H2.4.4 Identify the diverse population of Nevada's early settlers and discuss their unique experiences.
o Student-Friendly Standards
H2.4.4 I can identify the varied population of Nevada's early settlers and discuss their experiences.
F. Vocabulary
immigrant- a person that comes into a country as a settler.
diverse- different or varied
ancestry- forefathers, people related to you that lived before you.
G. Procedure:
1. TW discuss with the class what it means to be an immigrant.
2. TW show immigrant video: "The Great American Melting Pot": http://youtu.be/5ZQl6XBo64M (3:20 min of fun and song)
3. TW then show Ellis Island video: "Ellis Island: The Digital Archive" http://youtu.be/eH2hllmZdRg (9:50 min)
4. TW discuss with the class what the Ellis Island video is about and what it means to be a person in a new land. TW ask
questions: "How do you think a person feels when they come to a new place to live?" "How would you feel if you came
to a new country?" "What are some advantages / disadvantages to moving to a new place?"
5. TW handout worksheet: "Immigration picture prompts" for students to complete.
6. SW listen and sing-a-long to "Coming to America" lyrics.
H. Assessment:
What will you use to measure student understanding?
Informal observation of subject interest and handout worksheet completion.
Explain how you will know students understand the concepts from the lesson.
Unit Plan 1: Immigrants & Immigration submitted by: Janis Gomme-Campbell

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If the students are enthusiastic about the subject being taught, then I believe they are understanding the lesson.
I. Closure:
TW discuss with students the words to "Coming to America" TW ask: "What does it mean to be free?" "What does it mean
when the song says, "Freedom's light burning warm?" "What is "the dream?"















































Unit Plan 1: Immigrants & Immigration submitted by: Janis Gomme-Campbell

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Teacher Created Resources, Inc. #234 Thematic UnitImmigration
Language Arts
Immigration Picture Prompts
Show students the pictures on the following pages. The first picture, East Coast Immigration, shows
a familys first sighting of the Statue of Liberty. Have students choose a person in the photo and write a
journal entry describing the persons thoughts at that moment. Students should include information
about where the person came from and how he/she thinks life in the united states will be different.
The second picture, West Coast Immigration shows a group of people entering the United States.
Have students choose a person from the picture and write a journal entry from that persons point of
view. This entry may be about why the person left his/her country, details about the trip, or where the
person will go from here. Use the form below to write the journal entry.

JOURNAL

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Unit Plan 1: Immigrants & Immigration submitted by: Janis Gomme-Campbell

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Coming to America Lyrics
Neil Diamond
Far,
We've been traveling far
Without a home
But not without a star

Free,
Only want to be free
We huddle close
Hang on to a dream

On the boats and on the planes
They're coming to America
Never looking back again,
They're coming to America

Home
Don't it seem so far away
Oh, we're traveling light today
In the eye of the storm
In the eye of the storm

Home
To a new and a shiny place
Make our bed and we'll say our grace
Freedom's light burning warm
Freedom's light burning warm

Everywhere around the world
They're coming to America
Ev'ry time that flag's unfurled
They're coming to America
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Got a dream to take them there
They're coming to America
Got a dream they've come to share
They're coming to America

They're coming to America
They're coming to America
They're coming to America
They're coming to America
Today, Today,
Today, Today, Today

My country 'tis of thee (today)
Sweet land of liberty (today)
Of thee I sing (today)
Of thee I sing
Today, Today, Today
Today, today, today......

























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Unit Plan 1: Reflection Page

1. Where did you get the ideas and materials for this unit plan? Include
website names, URLs, book titles and authors.
I was in my young 20s when I was hired as an extra on the film, "The Jazz
Singer" with Neil Diamond (I'm a bathing-beauty on the beach, but was
blurred out in post-production). "Coming to America" was a big hit during
that time, and I liked the song. It is a strong, hopeful song, and it just
popped into my head when I began this lesson, so I knew I had to use it. I
think the students will love to sing with it. I went to YouTube for the videos.
I wanted something fairly short, yet told the story well. I really tried to find
something interesting to 3rd graders.



2. What were the easiest and most challenging parts of writing this unit plan?
This unit was probably the easiest of the five. There is a lot of information
out there about immigrants and immigration, and it was easy to find. I
spent many an hour going through all I could find and choosing the best
option.



3. What suggestions do you have for yourself for the next time you write unit
plans?
Spend more time being more creative with the activities. I really want to
hold the attention of my students, and changing things up makes a big
difference as to whether they will listen and learn or not. I tried to be
careful not to cross my history with any other strand, but not sure I
succeeded.