Lesson Plans

With Tenement Museum resources, students become historians. Using our teacher-designed, teacher-tested lesson plans, students engage in inquiry and learn to use critical thinking to interpret objects, oral histories, and primary sources, while making history relevant to today. Our classroom resources support multi-state History-Social Studies and English Language Arts curricula and can be used with or without a museum visit.

We currently offer four kinds of resources for teachers, including unit plans, lesson plans, and family stories. Whichever resource you select, you will find primary sources such as video stories, oral histories, documents, and photos in each. Educators can sort by grade level, unit plan, lesson plan, family stories, or primary source type below.

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NEW Interactive! Video: Bella Discusses Halo Shampoo

Interactive video interview that explores themes of American identity from the Epstein...

Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade, Middle School: 6-8th Grade

NEW Interactive! Saez Velez Family Story Crossword

Interactive crossword puzzle that reviews im/migrant vocabulary and facts from the Saez...

Lower Elementary: 1-3rd Grade, Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade, Middle School: 6-8th Grade, High School: 9-12th Grade

NEW Interactive! Passing Down Traditions

Interactive guided lesson for all grades exploring immigrant family traditions.

Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

Upper Elementary Im/migration Unit Plan

Full unit resource for studying immigration and migration in your classroom.

Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

Defining Immigration and Migration

Explore students’ prior knowledge of im/migration with a contemporary photograph.

Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

Explore Push and Pull Factors

Chart and discuss push and pull factors for im/migration.

Tools for Educators

Visit our Teacher Resources page for more tools, programs and information that can enrich learning and understanding about immigration and migration.

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