Books & Teaching Kits

Island of Hope: The Story of Ellis Island and the Journey to America, by Martin W. Sandler (Scholastic, 2004).
This title receives high marks from teachers for its personal stories and photos. Gr. 3-6.

The Ellis Island Collection, by Brad R. Tuttle (Chronicle, 2004).
A beautiful assortment of photographic copies of documents such as inspection forms, passports, and more. Gr. 3-6.

Primary Sources Teaching Kit: Immigration, by Karen Baicker (Scholastic, 2003).
Use reproducible resources to teach students about immigration over time. Gr. 4-8.

Scholastic offers many Dear America novels that focus on immigrant characters, including The Journal of Otto Peltonen (2000) and Dreams in the Golden Country (1998). Gr. 4-8.

Italians in America, by Alison Behnke. (Lerner, 2004).
This title is part of the In America series, which captures the experience and legacy of many different immigrant groups.

Web Sites

American Family Immigration History Center
Students can research their own immigrant ancestors at this site. 

Immigration Links

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Click on "Resources" to access hundreds of useful sites, including information on both the first and most recent immigrants.
The New Americans
At this fascinating site, students can take an immigration "Myths and Realities" quiz and write and post their own immigration stories.

Stories of Yesterday and Today
At Scholastic's home page for immigration, students can ask questions of recent immigrants, study immigration charts and graphs, and publish immigration oral histories online.