PE Lesson Local History Simulating Immigrant Activities

In this lesson students will simulate some of the physical activities immigrants had to do when they came to Colorado. All stations have cue cards that have excerpts straight from the Boulder County Latino History Project website.

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Los primeros latinos en el condado de Boulder y la migración de tu familia [The first Latinos in Boulder County and the migration of your family] (a Spanish language lesson)

In this lesson students will learn about the early (1900-1940) migration patterns of Latinos to Boulder county; then they compare and contrast those patterns to their own family’s migration to the area.

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La Raza: Who Am I? Where Am I From? Exploring Latino History in Colorado and Boulder County with English Language Learner Students

In this lesson students will study the following inquiry questions, Who are you? What made you? Research and present three topics of interest from your/the past using La Raza videos and make connections with Boulder County Latino History. Beginning of the school year unit to get to know long term English Language Learner [ELL] students and have them get to know themselves.

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4th Grade Colorado History: Integrating Boulder County Latino History

In this lesson students will look through the lens of different perspectives of Latinos, Anglos, Native Americans, etc. These lessons focus on local Boulder County Latino History and can be integrated with other lessons. Therefore this unit is ongoing throughout the school year. We want students to build empathy and develop cultural sensitivity and awareness for themselves and others in order to build a greater understanding of what took place in this area. Students will describe interactions among people and cultures who have lived and currently live in Colorado. Students will focus on:

  • Who was living in this area of Colorado and what challenges they faced
  • Connecting and comparing/contrasting past events and people with today

Created By: Sharon Trompeter, Emerald Elementary and Jeanette Scotti, Columbine Elementary 

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Migrant Workers: Tools That Sustain

In tis lesson students focus on the farm tools used by migrant workers to tell personal stories. The lesson provides the opportunity for students to learn and appreciate the contributions of migrant workers to our country and how children of the fields learn life lessons. The tools used by migrant workers serve not only to do the manual stoop labor required to provide food for American tables, but also as training tools for lessons that sustain and develop the thirst and hunger for knowledge. Thus grows the drive and determination to not only survive, but succeed. The lesson can also be used to highlight local Latino migrant contributions to the U.S. food industry. Extensions offer the opportunity for research into family agricultural/migrant history or other topics of student interest.

Created By: Maria B. Ramirez, Angevine Middle School

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Exploring Push and Pull Migration Factors: Using Online Mapping Techniques and Primary Sources

In this three-day lesson students will work together in teams to examine historical maps, photographs, and documents. Students explore push and pull factors and how they affect migration patterns. This lesson provides a great introduction for students to use modern technology to analyze primary sources.
Created By: Eitan Fire, Angevine Middle School

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Immigration in the United States: A Collaborative Reasoning, Critical Reading and Debate Experience

In this lesson students will read about the current political arguments in the U.S. to prepare for a Collaborative Reasoning discussion. The Big Discussion Question: Should we make it easier or harder for Mexicans to immigrate to the United States? Students will purposefully read to find reasons on both sides of the immigration issue while taking notes on a T-chart to justify their oral response to the Big Question when engaged in the CR discussion.
Created By: Jennifer Kraemer, Fairview High School

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Immigration: A Gallery Walk Through Immigration to the U.S., Turn of the 20th Century

In this lesson students will view Newspaper articles, photos, cartoons, and maps displayed at each gallery station bring the period of around 1900 alive for each of 6 immigrant groups that came to the U.S. By using primary and secondary sources, students will be able to see and experience immigration and the immigrant experience and relate it to their own lives. Using a graphic organizer allows students to analyze what they are looking at and be able to sort out important information as well as helping with content comprehension.

By Jennifer Kraemer, Fairview High School

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Young Latinos of Boulder County – Exploring the American Dream

In this lesson students will explore issues of identity, discrimination, immigration, language, family, and overcoming challenges as they meet the young Latinos showcased in the Boulder County Latino History Project. By completing group and individual assignments in this mini-unit, students will gain a more complex understanding of the experiences of young Latinos in Boulder County […]

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