Virtual Field Trips for Grades 1 – 2

Explore by Content Themes

During development, we identified key, grade-specific concepts of learning to integrate into our school programming. For grades 1 -2, we’ve created 7 unique virtual field trips and grouped them by the topics and themes they cover. Each program is flexible in its content and can be adapted to what is currently being learned in class.

Browse our offerings by theme or skip to see the full list.


Community

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

Recommended programs: 1930s Baldizzi Family, 1960s Saez Velez Family, 1970s Wong Family

Families Then and Now

Students see how families and homes change over time and identify similarities and differences between families, objects, and technologies of the past and present.

Recommended programs: 1916 Meet Victoria,  1860s Meet Bridget,  1910s Rogarshevsky Family,  1916 Meet Victoria


Jobs and Industry

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

Recommended programs: 1910s Rogarshevsky Family,  1960s Saez Velez Family,  1970s Wong Family

Culture and Identity

Students learn about how families and groups express culture and that individuals have identities, or understandings of themselves, that are influenced by language, religion, geography, and other personal factors.

Recommended programs: 1960s Saez Velez Family,  1950s Epstein Family,  1970s Wong Family

All Available Virtual Field Trips | Grades 1 - 2

1860’s Meet Bridget (Limited Availability) | Journey back in time to 1869 to learn from an actor playing Bridget Moore, a real woman who immigrated to the United States from Ireland in 1863.  A Tenement Museum educator will engage students about 19th century Irish immigration before guiding them through a video of Bridget Moore showing us her 1869 home.

  • Themes: Families Then and Now, Culture and Identity
  • Possible focus topic(s): European immigration
  • Curriculum materials: The Moore Family Story

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.

  • Themes: Culture and Identity, Families Then and Now, Jobs and Industry
  • Possible focus topic(s): European immigration
  • Curriculum materials: The Rogarshevsky Family Story

1916 Meet Victoria  | Meet Victoria is a costumed interpretation program.  Students will be transported back in time to 1916 and interact with an actor playing Victoria Confino, an actual 14-year-old girl who immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in 1913.  Victoria will show students her home and daily life, tell stories about her life experiences, and share how her family keeps their culture alive through food, language, holiday celebrations, and more. 

  • Themes: Culture and Identity, Families Then and Now
  • Possible focus topic(s): European Immigration, Ellis Island
  • Curriculum materials: The Confino Family Story

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, made connections, and built a community.

  • Themes: Community, Families Then and Now
  • Possible focus topic(s): European Immigration
  • Curriculum materials: The Baldizzi Family Story

1950’s Epstein Family  | The  Epstein Family story features a Jewish American family and their 1950’s tenement home. Students learn about the Epsteins 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.

  • Themes: Community, Culture and Identity
  • Possible focus topic(s): European Immigration
  • Curriculum materials: The Epstein Family Story

1960’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, build community within a home and one’s neighborhood.

  • Themes: Community, Culture and Identity, Jobs and Industry
  • Possible focus topic(s): Puerto Rican Immigration
  • Curriculum materials: The Saez Velez Family Story

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 and make connections in a new place.

  • Themes: Community, Culture and Identity, Jobs and Industry
  • Possible focus topic(s): Asian Immigration
  • Curriculum materials: The Wong Family Story

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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