Personal Lens on Immigration

Meadow Pond Third Graders Put a Personal Lens on Immigration

“How did you manage when you didn’t know English?” “Did you like the food?” How did you feel when you arrived?”

These were just some of the questions that students in Connie Merritt’s Meadow Pond third grade class had the opportunity to ask people who had immigrated to the United States. What made the experience extra special was that the people who shared stories of moving to the US were their parents, grandparents and other family members.

Merritt built the project around the social studies unit Settling in the United States. She said that what her students discovered about themselves and each other, and the personal empowerment they tapped into by sharing their family stories, was amazing.