Third graders at Roscoe Wilson packed their luggage and pretend passports as they participated in a simulated Ellis Island experience last week. In their How We Express Ourselves unit, students learned about how different cultures came to America and how people express themselves through that culture. Acting as immigrants coming into the United States, they went through classrooms set up to imitate a registry room, a baggage room, a medical room and an interview room. Students had to explain what they were bringing and why, go through a brief medical exam, and even respond to questions read to them in a different language. At the end of the day, the students gained empathy for immigrants and a true understanding of the difficult process it was to get to America.