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Since we always say some of the best, most engaging project ideas spring from current events, here are several I just gathered from the Project Search tool on bie.org. I can’t vouch for each one, but they might trigger ideas for you. I’m sure you could find many more immigration-themed projects out there—and if you find a good one, adapt one of these, or would like to share your own, please let us know below!

While all of these are based in social studies/U.S. History, many have strong ELA reading and writing components and some have art, media, and tech features. The grade level is indicated for each. The level of detail in these varies; they are drawn from various sources, including (and thanks to) EL Education, Envision Schools, High Tech High, and West Virginia Dept. of Education. 

Nuestras Historias de Inmigración / Our Immigration Stories (2nd-3rd)

Faces of Freedom Calendar (3rd)

An Immigrant Experience (4th)

Choose Your Own Adventure (4th)

Grant Immigrants Work? (5th)

Access Portland: A Resource Guide for New Immigrants & Refugees (6-7-8th)

The New Americans Project (8th)

More Voices of U.S. (8th)

This American Life: Immigration Project  (8th)

We Are Oakland International (9-10th)

La Llaga: Border Project (9-10th)

The Immigrant’s Song (11th)

Immigrants: On the Move with the American Slide (11th)


Have any other good projects about immigration? Please share them in the comments below or on Twitter @biepbl.

John Larmer, Editor in Chief
John is editor in chief at PBLWorks, where he has helped create professional development workshops and PBL curriculum materials. He writes for and edits the PBL Blog, and is the co-author of several books on PBL.