Bedford students get immigration lesson on ‘Ellis Island Day’
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Students attending all three elementary schools in Bedford recently participated in a day of activities designed to teach them about New York’s famed Ellis Island.
“Ellis Island Day,” was an experiential culmination of the fourth grade “Coming to America” unit of study.
This unit is taught to all fourth-grade students by our enrichment teachers, Mrs. Schmitt at Memorial School, Mrs. Speaker at Peter Woodbury School and Mrs. Parker at Riddle Brook School.
They are supported by the entire fourth grade teaching staff, through interdisciplinary lessons in the classroom.
In this unit, students learn from their families about their ancestors, they select a country of origin to research in depth,and then take on the persona of a selected immigrant arriving to Ellis Island in the year 1917. The experience for students is one that will not be forgotten!
For more information on Ellis Island Day and to view photo slideshows from each school, visit our individual school websites following links from our district website, https://sites.google.com/a/
Upcoming School Board and hearing dates:
• Jan. 23: 6-8 p.m. School District
Dialogue, Bedford Town Library (Richmond Room).
• Feb. 13: 6-8 p.m. School District Dialogue, Bedford Town Library (Richmond Room).