Immigration and Iowa
Lesson Plan Item
|Grade||3rd Grade||Class||Social Studies||Length of Lesson||40-45 Minutes|
|Lesson Title||Immigration and Iowa|
|Unit Compelling Question||What would compel people to move to a new place?|
This lesson allows third grade students to expand their knowledge of immigration in the United States and Iowa.
Immigration to the United States began when the first non-native traveler landed on the North American continent hundreds of years ago, and continues to this day. After Iowa was opened to settlement in 1833, the rich soil, rolling hills, and available farm land attracted immigrants from England, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Germany. Communities were established in Adams County (French Icarians), Winneshiek County (Norwegians), Black Hawk County (Danish), and Scott County (Germans), among others.
Ellis Island opened in 1892 and for nearly 60 years millions of immigrants passed though Ellis Island. Immigrants came to the United States from countries such as Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, Russia, and Germany, escaping war, famine, and seeking greater opportunity. At Ellis Island they waited in lines for full approval and entry into the United States after which they traveled across the United States using the railroad system until they reached their final destination.
Today immigrants come to the United States from all over the world. They may seek employment, education, unification with family, or simply freedom to live their life and seek greater opportunities. Recent immigrant communities to Iowa have included Vietnamese and Bosians.
For more information: https://iowaculture.gov/history/education/educator-resources/primary-sou...
~ Teaching Iowa History Team
2018.040.001 This certificate, issued by the District Court in Marengo, Iowa, declared that Adam Bormann, an immigrant from the Kingdom of Bavaria, was a citizen of the United States. Bormann settled in the Amana Colonies, a set of communal villages founded in Iowa County by the Community of True Inspiration, a group of Pietists from Germany, Switzerland and Alsace who fled religious persecution in Europe.
2018.048.009 This trunk was used by by Peter Oertz, who immigrated from Denmark to Cedar Falls, Iowa, in the late 1870s. Like many other immigrants, Oertz had to fit all of his belongings into this trunk.
|Lesson Supporting Question||How did immigrants/groups shape the culture of the United States and Iowa?|
Students can use a website to complete an interactive tour of Ellis Island. They can then make connections between Ellis Islands interactive tour and the court documents that states a person immigration into the United States of America.
|Primary Sources Used|
Primary Documents from Teaching Iowa History 2018.040.001 and 2018.048.009
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|Author||Taylor Lawson||Reviewer||Dr. Chad Timm, Simpson College||Created||06/23/2019||Last Edited||02/14/2020|
|Lesson Plan Development Notes: Social Studies Methods, Simpson College, Spring 2019|