This young immigrant is being deported. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
This young immigrant is being deported. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

By Caitlyn Falde (3rd grade) and Claira Kannel (4th grade), Spring Valley Elementary School

SPRING VALLEY, WI – On Friday, November 16, 2018, Spring Valley 3rd and 4th grade students in the Husby/Ninneman classroom made a living diorama, creating Ellis Island.

Teachers, students, families and staff could learn about immigration and Ellis Island by walking through the classroom that the students transformed into Ellis Island.

The students in Husby/Ninneman’s classroom were role-playing the immigration officers. If you were a visitor, you traveled through as an immigrant, re-enacting an actual immigrant’s journey by role-playing with the information given to you on your immigration papers.

Nerves were high as the immigrants waited to find out if they would be let into America or deported. This was a great way to show what the students learned and share their knowledge with others.