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

Map of the Moore Family’s Homes in 1860’s New York

Track the different neighborhoods an Irish immigrant family lived in and consider why they...

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

NEW Bridget Moore Video

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

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

Bella Returning to 103 Orchard Street

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

Middle School: 6-8th Grade

Teaching with Primary Sources: Middle School

Students examine primary source documents in order to reconstruct the immigration story of...

High School: 9-12th Grade

Teaching with Primary Resources: High School

Students examine primary source documents to reconstruct part of the history of the...

Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

Teaching with Primary Sources: Upper Elementary

Students use primary source documents to piece together the story of Victoria Confino,...

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