Imagine Being an Immigrant
Share several pictures books about immigration, including How Many Days to America: A Thanksgiving Story by Eve Bunting.
Discuss how it might feel to leave your home and move to another country, especially in cases in which you know it is unlikely that you will see the people left behind again.
Point out that, in many cases, immigrants have also had to leave behind most of their possessions.
Ask students to make a list of three to five things that they would select to take if they were immigrating.
Provide each child with an empty pizza box and encourage him or her to decorate it like a suitcase, using paint or paper to cover the outside. Many pizza restaurants will donate the boxes, and others usually charge only a nominal fee for them.
Ask students to make models of the things on their lists, either from paper or from other materials. They should then place the items in their “suitcases.” On the inside of the lid, students paste a copy of a composition explaining why they selected each item.