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Activity Overview


Throughout history, immigrants have faced many challenges in order to start a new life in a new country. Some of these remain the same even today. In this activity, students will research and explore these challenges and create a 3 cell spider map illustrating what they have learned. Teachers can choose to have students focus on historical challenges, or allow them to explore modern ones. Though this activity is meant to focus on U.S. immigration, students may also want to investigate whether these challenges are the same for all countries.


Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a 3 cell spider map explaining and illustrating challenges that immigrants face.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Write a challenge in each heading.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each heading using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short summary of each heading/challenge in the space below the illustration.
  5. Save often!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-6

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/4/3] Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/4/4] Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/4/5] Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

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