Theme: Community | Grades 1 – 2

Community   Students learn about different types of communities, see how an immigrant or migrant families created connections, and reflect on their own communities.

1930’s Baldizzi Family

The Baldizzi Family story features an Italian-American family and their 1935 tenement home. Students will learn their immigration story and examine objects in their recreated apartment to understand how the family created a home. Oral histories give students insight into how the children played, made friends, and built community with their neighbors. They will consider how those connections helped the family get through tough times.

Themes: Community, Families Then and Now 

Topic: European Immigration

Duration: 60 minutes

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1930’s Saez Velez Family

The Saez Velez Family story features a Puerto Rican family and their 1968 tenement home. Students learn their migration story and explore the objects in their recreated apartment to learn about the family’s culture and consider what’s needed to create a home. Through video interviews and family and neighborhood photographs, students will examine how the family builds community within their home, in the neighborhood, and even between Puerto Rico and New York City. Students will reflect on how they themselves belong to many different communities.

Themes: Community, Culture and Identity, Jobs and Industry

Topic: Puerto Rican Immigration

Duration: 60 minutes

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1950’s Epstein Family

The Epstein Family story features a Jewish American family and their 1950’s tenement home. Students learn about the Epstein’s journey from Europe to find protection and safety in the United States. By exploring their recreated home and the objects in it, students will discover how the family kept traditions from their home and started new ones. Through oral histories and videos with the daughter in the family, Bella Epstein, students learn how she found support, friendship, and discovery in an increasingly diverse Lower East Side neighborhood.

Themes: Community, Culture and Identity

Topic: European Immigration

Duration: 60 minutes

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1970’s Wong Family

The Wong Family story features a Chinese American family and their 1970’s tenement home. Students learn their immigration story and explore the objects in their recreated apartment to learn about the family’s culture and consider what’s needed to get by in a new place. Through video interviews and family and neighborhood photographs, students examine the Wong children’s experiences with immigration, play, school, their parents’ work, and helping each other. Students will be encouraged to make past to present connections to the family story and space.

Themes: Community, Culture and Identity, Jobs and Industry

Topic: Asian Immigration

Duration: 60 minutes

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Teaching Resources

We offer teacher-designed, teacher-tested lesson plans where students learn to interpret objects, oral histories, and primary sources while making modern connections. Find unit plans, lesson plans, primary sources, and non-fiction family stories, made for flexible use in your classroom.

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