Subject Headings – United States Immigration and emigration, Emigration and Immigration Fiction, Angel Island, Ellis Island
Call # – 301.4, 304.8, 325, 973


  1. Research Immigration – Causes, Ports, Types of Information
  2. Research your family history using Ancestry database ( – Gr. 6-8, at school or public library) – Ancestral Chart
  3. Create an Immigration Timeline using World Book Timelines ( – Gr. 6-8)
  • Use the information on p. 106-107 from the book Ellis Island by Michael Burgan (304. 87 BUR)

E BUN Dreaming of America : an Ellis Island story / by Eve Bunting
E FLE Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman
E LEE Landed by Milly Lee
E PEA At Ellis Island : a history in many voices / by Louise Peacock
E REC My name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
F COH Molly’s pilgrim / by Barbara Cohen ; illustrated by Daniel Mark Duffy.*
F GUN How I Became an American/ Karin Gundisch
301.43 FRE Immigrant kids / by Russell Freedman.
304.8 MAE Coming to America: The Story of Immigration/ Betsy Maestro
304.87 BUR Ellis Island: An Interactive History Adventure by Michael Burgan (Timeline p,106-107)
325 LEV … If your name was changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine
973 BRY Mexican Americans/ Nichol Bryan
973 FRO German immigrants : 1820-1920 / by Helen Frost.
973 OLS Chinese immigrants : 1850-1900 / by Kay Melchisedech Olson.
973 TOD Italian immigrants : 1880-1920 / by Anne M. Todd.
973 WAL Japanese immigrants : 1850-1950 / by Rosemary Wallner.
973.8 MUR Across America on an Emigrant Train/ by Jim Murphy
Look what came from….. Ireland, Italy….. (series)
Welcome to (American Girls – Molly, Kit, Samantha) ‘s World

World Book for Students (INFOhio – 6-8 – World Book for Students – Immigration)
Ancesty (INFOhio – Grades 6-8)

Lesson Plans
Lesson Plans – Lesson Plan|Teacher Resources – Library of Congress: Immigration & Ethnic Heritage
Appreciating America’s Hertigate
Angel Island: Curriculum Guides

Primary Sources
Census, Census – 72 year rule,
Grave Sites,
Vital Statistics,
Military records ,
Immigration Records
Immigration Data

VID-T 304 Immigration to the U.S. [videorecording] / produced and directed by Fabian-Baber Communication, Inc
Immigration – Brainpop

Angel Island
Check out Education – Station History

Ellis Island – The Immigration Experience
Go to Ellis Island – Immigration timeline and Genealogy Tips

Ellis Island Interactive Tour
Scroll down to Start the Tour

Ellis Island – History Channel

Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today and Ellis Island
Checkout the Historical Timeline at the top

Immigration: Coming to America | School Library Journal
Booklist of children’s books about immigration

Immigration – Library of Congress
Double click on the picture on the left to find information about immigration from that country

Save Ellis Island
Check out the History Page (menu on top right corner)

U.S. Immigration since 1965

Toot & Puddle

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by Holly Hobbie
Themes – Friendship, Kindness

Toot & Puddle: I’ll be home for Christmas
Toot & Puddle: You are my sunshine

Let’s take a Trip – Utah Education Network

Reading to Kids – Toot and Puddle

Readwritethink: Lesson Plan: Solution Squares: Strategies for Conflict Resolution
Lesson plan on Friendship/Resolving Conflict using book Toot & Puddle.

Toot and Puddle Poster – ALA

Quebec Reading Connection – Toot & Puddle

Book that teach Kindness

Time Hackers

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by Gary Paulsen
Lesson Plan – Assign the following people/places who are mentioned in the book and do some research on them, prior to reading the book.
Research time travel using the websites below. Do people believe that time travel is actually possible? What other books are about time travel?

Anne Boleyn – Headless Ghosts of Brickling Hall Made by middle schools students.
Battle of Gettysburg Timeline of the civil war battles includes photographs of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Custer – PBS
Helen of Troy
Marie Antoinette
Time Hackers by Gary Paulsen

Websites – Time Travel
HowStuffWorks: “How Time Travel Will Work”
NOVA| Time Travel
Time Travelers

Story of Ferdinand

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by Munro Leaf

Story of Ferdinand Activities
Activities to go with this story

Story of Ferdinand – Activity Guide

Story of Ferdinand – Little Novel Ties

Story of Ferdinand| Read to me
Hints on how to present this story during library program

Story of Ferdinand |
Video, Word Search

Story of Ferdinand | Teaching Children Philosophy
Themes – Animal Rights, Violence, Conformity
Story of Ferdinand – Thoughtful Books | Critical Thinking Consortium

Five senses, sense of smell

Piper Reed

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by Kimberly Holt

Piper Reed

Piper Reed, Navy Brat

Piper Reed – Reading Group Guide

Kids Wings Activities fro Piper Reed
Check out Research Resources

Websites about the Blue Angels
Blue Angels – Navy

Blue Angels – Naval Aviation Museum

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

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by Wendy Van Draanen
Activity/Lesson Plan
Read the first chapter of Sammy Keyes and th Hotel Thief by Wendy Van Draanen, then have students complete Sammy Keyes Scavenger Hunt
Liveoak – Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief Activity Guide

Sammy Keyes

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief 6th Grade Unit

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief – Oswego Library

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief – Wake County North Carolina Public Library

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief – Book Discussion Series

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief 6th Grade Unit
Concepts Taught – Charcater, Drawing Conclusions, Genre, Plot, Predicting

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

by Eleanor Coerr
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Themes – Hiroshima, Origami, Peace

Books by Eleanor Coerr
AUD E COE The big balloon race [sound recording] / by Eleanor Coerr
AUD E COE The Josefina story quilt [sound recording] / by Eleanor Coerr.
ER COE Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express / story by Eleanor Coerr
ER COE Chang’s paper pony / by Eleanor Coerr
362.1 COE Sadako / Eleanor Coerr
362.1 COE Sadako and the thousand paper cranes : an illustrated storybook / by Eleanor Coerr

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes: The Sadako Film Project
Video Clip and other information about this video

Literature; “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr – eThemes

Paper Cranes for Japan

Sadako – abcteach
Acrostic Form, Book Report Form, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, Writing Prompt

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (crossword puzzle)

Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes Literature Unit

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes – Research Model
Research guidance on topics related to this story

Varsity Tutors – Eleanor Coerr @Web English Teacher
Lesson Plans for Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Story of Ruby Bridges

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by Robert Coles
B BRI Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
B BRI Through my eyes / Ruby Bridges ; articles and interviews compiled and edited by Margo Lundell.

VID Ruby Bridges [videorecording] / producer, Anne Hopkins

Lesson Plan
Connecting with Ruby Bridges |

Lesson Plan – Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges –
Video of her and President Obama with Norman Rockwell’s painting

Norman Rockwell’s Painting of Ruby Bridges “The Problem we all live with” on loan to the White House

Papa’s Mechanical Fish

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by Candace fleming , Pictures by Boris Kulikov

Papa’s Mechanical Fish – Candace Fleming

Papa’s Mechanical Fish – Kirsten Larson
Includes several great hands-on websites

Lodner Darvontis Phillips
Lots of photos and drawings of his inventions

Submarine History 1580-1869

Write Wild
Describes this books use of dialog, alliteration and onomatopoeia.

Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats
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Collage Machine

Snowy Day Game

Critical thinking and art with The Snowy Day

ReadWriteThink” March 11, 2009: Ezra Jack Keats was born on this day in 1916

Snowy Day – edHelper (subscription, see librarian)

Snowy Day – Teachervision (subscription, see librarian)

Snowy Day – Web English Teacher