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

1898 Photograph of Orchard Street

Imagine the sights, smells, and sounds of the lower east side in 1898.

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

Confino Family Photograph, 1913

See portrait of the Confino family shortly after they were reunited in New York City after...

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

1900 Census

Gather information about the Levines, a family who immigrated from the Russian Empire in...

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

1923 Ship Passenger Manifest

Find Adolfo Baldizzi, an immigrant from Italy, on this 1923 Ship Manifest.

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

Alison Talks About Watching TV

Hear Alison Wong, who came to the United States from China as a baby, talk about...

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

Bella Discusses Paul Anka

Listen to Bella Epstein, a child of refugees, discuss the music heard in her 1950’s...

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