Theme: Jobs and Industry | Grades 1 – 2

Jobs and Industry      Students learn about the ways people find and work jobs to attain resources for themselves, their families, and their communities

1910’s Rogarshevsky Family

The Rogarshevsky Family story features a Jewish American family and their 1911 tenement home. Students will learn their immigration story and identify familiar and unfamiliar objects in the recreated apartment to learn about the family’s culture and consider what is needed to create a home. Students will consider similarities and differences between the Rogarshevsky family and families today while considering how families pass traditions and beliefs from generation to generation.

Themes: Culture and Identity, Families Then and NowJobs and Industry

Topics: European Immigration

Duration: 60 minutes

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1960s Saez Velez

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

Topics: Puerto Rican Migration

Duration: 60 minutes

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1970’s Wong Family   

TheWong 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

Topics: 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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