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

The Saez Velez Family Story

Learn about the Saez Velez family, who lived in 103 Orchard Street in the 1960s-1970s.

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

The Baldizzi Family Story

Learn about the Baldizzi family, who came from Italy in the 1930s.

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

The Epstein Family Story

Learn about the Epstein family, Jewish refugees who lived in 103 Orchard Street in the...

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

The Wong Family Story

Learn about the Wong’s, a Chinese American family who lived in 103 Orchard Street in the...

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