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STAIR Project/Ellis Island

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This lesson is an interactive lesson, where students take a virtual tour through the stops at Ellis Island. After each stop students will answer the questions provided. This Lesson is meant for students to do individually.
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Material Type: Assignment
Technical Format: Website
Date Added to MERLOT: November 29, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 30, 2017
Submitter: Susan Smith
Keywords: 8th grade Social Studies, immigration, industrial revolution, history, U.S. history


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Technical Requirements: computer with internet
Language: English
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Avatar for SCOTT DAVIS
6 years ago

SCOTT DAVIS (Teacher (K-12))

I think this lesson did a great job of incorporating all different types of multimedia on a very important topic. I agree that the instructions page was a lot of information at first but I think its necessary to have students slow down and go through the entire assignment. There is a lot of value to the pictures, video and audio and it truly has something for all types of learners. The questions are well formed and require students to pay attention in order to answer them correctly.

As a Social Studies teacher I love collecting additional resources. This StAIR is a great lesson. Perhaps afterwards students can visit the museum website at

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I do not have power point so I am not sure if the issue I was having with the audio was related to viewing the presentation through Open Office. I was able to navigate easily through the quiz and found it a fun and engaging way to instantly provide a class full of students direct feedback on an assignment. The arrow buttons and home screen icon made it easy to navigate.

Time spent reviewing site: 45 Minutes

Avatar for Melanie Broxterman
6 years ago

Melanie Broxterman (Teacher (K-12))

This was a very creative way to incorporate an online resource and mini-assessment questions into one lesson. The use of the Scholastic resources really enhanced this social studies unit on Ellis Island. I felt the use of the photos, videos, and audio was a great way to engage the students and take into account the various learning styles of the students.

The Standards and Directions slides presented a lot of information for the students to read and process. I think the information is importatnt to include, but might better serve ALL students if the information was divided into several slides.

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The StAIR opened without issues on my computer with powerpoint. Unfortunaltely, I did have an issue with one of the slide hyperlinks. On slide 14, when I clicked on Stop 8 to "try again" it took me to the Great Job slide instead of the the Stop 8 for review.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes

Avatar for Catrin Barber
6 years ago

Catrin Barber (Teacher (K-12))

I really enjoyed the tour through Ellis Island.  I found myslef completely entranced with the different stops and the video.  i am sure this would be an excellent resource for any social studies class, what amazing stories!

The STAIR resource itself was well formed.  I found the instructions page to be a little daunting and because I tend to speed read, (a bad habit) I had to go back a few times to read the instructions again.  If the students had seen this kind of format before perhaps it would be easier.

With all the different resources inthe Scholastic site I believe that the novelty of this lesson would be great with 8th graders.  it would force them to delve deeper into a very releavant topic for US history.

Technical Remarks:

I actually did not have Powerpoint on the computer I used but it worked well on Open Office.  Because these are 8th graders I think they would have no problem clicking back and forth from the website to the Powerpoint, probably Elementary students would have a hard time with it.   Everything worked well when I clicked on it and the buttons were obvious and well placed to keep the flow going.

Time spent reviewing site: 40 minutes