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

1980’s Garment Factory Footage

View 1980’s Garment Factory Footage.

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

Bella Discusses Halo Shampoo

Watch a child of refugees, Bella Epstein, discuss how she wanted to “look American” in...

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

Halo Shampoo Ad

Watch a TV shampoo advertisement from the 1950’s and consider the messages.

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

José discusses Spanish channels On TV

Watch a migrant from Puerto Rico, José Velez, tell us how he maintained his Spanish in...

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

NEW Bridget Moore Video

Watch a Tenement Museum costumed interpreter plays Bridget Moore in 1868. 

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

Bella Returning to 103 Orchard Street

A child of refugees, Bella Epstein, discusses returning to her childhood home.

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