The Tenement Museum is thrilled to offer these resources for studying immigration and migration in your classroom.
The resources are built on the stories of real people who lived in the Tenement Museum’s buildings in the Lower East Side of New York City, and we’ve designed lessons and activities to support you as a teacher in fostering empathy, connecting past to present, and humanizing immigration experiences, all while strengthening your students’ historical thinking skills.
This resource set can be used as a whole, or you can select lessons and resources for topic, theme, and timeframe.
In this resource set, you’ll find:
- 13 lessons about real families who lived in 97 and 103 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side, covering immigration from the 1870s-1980s.
- Primary sources with accompanying activity suggestions for Upper Elementary students.
- Non-fiction texts about the Tenement Museum families, with accompanying comprehension questions and writing activities.
- Video stories with the Tenement Museum’s costumed interpreters, bringing history to life in the recreated apartments of 97 Orchard Street.