If you live in the United States, it's highly likely that an ancestor immigrated here. It's even thought that Native Americans came over the Bering Strait by Alaska. What is the immigrant experience? And how can we help make it better?
- Hear the stories of real kids who have recently immigrated to the United States: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/young_immigrants/
- Why have people left their homeland to the U.S.? It is both a push away from their first country and a pull from America. http://www.emigration.link/ provides a list, facts and information about specific examples of Push and Pull factors of Migration to America by individual country.
- Lots of immigrants entered the U.S. through Ellis Island. Learning about that process at http://www.american-historama.org/1881-1913-maturation-era/ellis-island-immigration-process.htm
- Is American Chinese food really Chinese? Dig into its history at https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/chinese-food-history-how-american-chinese-cuisine-is-different-thrillist-nation
- Can you trace your family tree back to the old country? In this BrainPOP movie (https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/culture/immigration/), Tim and Moby discuss the movement of people from other countries into the United States. Then make your own family tree: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65IHP28bxYI
- Share poems about immigration (https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/immigration-poems-kids). Talk with someone who has had an immigration experience; together you can write your own poems.
- Some of your favorite foods may have been created by immigrants. Watch this video to see if your yummy is mentioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXbiDPGSwwU
- Don’t make a pho pas (faux pas) when eating Asian food; here are some tips on manners: https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/things-you-re-doing-wrong-while-eating-asian-food-thrillist-nation
- Note to parents: Here are tips on starting good conversations with kids about immigration: http://time.com/3665776/immigration-how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-it
- Sometimes children immigrate to the United States unaccompanied. Here are guidelines for them, which can be a good family discussion: https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/guide-children-arriving-border-laws-policies-and-responses
- Immigrant children face many challenges. Read about their experience, and brainstorm ways that you might help an immigrant child: http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/En/News/NewsAndFeatures/Pages/Helping-immigrant-children-succeed.aspx
- Is LaAmistad in your area? It’s a Latino program to help immigrant families. Learn about it at http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/19/us/iyw-la-amistad/index.html
There are lots of jobs to help immigrants: from U.S.’s Citizenship and Immigration Services to translators, English teachers, tutors, social workers, lawyers – and being a friend.