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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The Saez Velez Family Story

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

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The Baldizzi Family Story

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

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The Epstein Family Story

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

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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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1913 SS Argentina Ship Passenger List (Manifest)

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

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1914 Report Card

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

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1892 Factory Inspection Report

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

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Josephine Baldizzi Discusses Her Bedroom

Listen to Josephine Baldizzi, the child of Italian immigrants, remember her home and...

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1980s Garment Factory Footage

View 1980’s Garment Factory Footage.

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Kevin Wong Discusses His Name

Hear the story of how a 5th grade student went from Yat Chung Wong to Kevin Wong.

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United Hebrew Charity Ledger

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

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Bella Discusses Halo Shampoo

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

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