From Ellis Island to the Trump Wall - A Mathematical Analysis (Math)

adapted from work by Anthony Carruthers

Juxtaposing the architecture of Ellis island with that of the proposed Trump Wall creates many opportunities for mathematical analysis and frames a discussion of how our nation's attitude toward immigration has changed.


The Ellis Island Processing Center and the proposed "Trump Wall" both involve feats of Engineering and Architecture that will allow students to make connections between math and science and the real world. Beyond that, though, these two structures carry symbolic meaning that students will have the opportunity to analyze.

Lesson Times

How'd They do That and Ellis Island Expansion
56 Minutes
Trump Wall Cost Analysis
2 Class Periods
Analyzing Architectural Communication
56 Minutes
Performance Task
0 Days

Industries / Subjects / Grades

K-12 Subjects
  • Mathematics
    • Statistics & Probability
    • Measurement & Data
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California Math Common Core Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • SWBAT express the change in a quantity using percent change.
  • SWBAT perform conversions between unit systems.
  • SWBAT solve simple quadratic equations by taking square roots.
  • SWBAT create scale drawings given a specific scale.
  • SWBAT calculate areas, volumes, and related quantities.

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