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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Middle School: 6-8th Grade

Teaching with Objects: Middle School

Students explore a collection of objects in order to identity their owner.

Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

Teaching with Objects: Upper Elementary

Students examine a collection of historical objects in search of clues.

Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

Teaching with Oral History: Upper Elementary

Students utilize oral histories as a tool for learning about people, places, and events.

Lower Elementary: 1-3rd Grade

Teaching with Objects: Lower Elementary

Students explore how objects can be used to learn about people, places, and events.

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