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 Social Studies and English Language Arts curriculum, 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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High School: 9-12th Grade, Lower Elementary: 1-3rd Grade, Middle School: 6-8th Grade, Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

1913 SS Argentina Ship Passenger List (Manifest)

Find the Confino family on the passenger list of a ship that brought immigrants to the...

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

1914 Report Card

Look at a report card from 1914 and see how a 12-year-old immigrant girl, Victoria Confino...

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

1892 Factory Inspection Report

Learn the ins and outs of the garment factory the Levine family ran out of their own home.

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

United Hebrew Charity Ledger

Investigate how an immigrant family in the 1870’s got help in a time of need.

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

1870 Census

Students find 8-10 facts about the people in this building 150 years ago. Who is the...

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

1910 Census

See the type of work an immigrant family from the early 20th century, The Rogarshevksys,...

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

1900 Census

Gather information about the Levines, a family who immigrated from the Russian Empire in...

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

1923 Ship Passenger Manifest

Find Adolfo Baldizzi, an immigrant from Italy, on this 1923 Ship Manifest.

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