Virtual Field Trips for Grades 3 – 5

Explore by Content Themes

During development, we identified key, grade-specific concepts of learning to integrate into our school programming. For grades 3-5, 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.


Industrialization and Labor

Students learn how the development of industry creates jobs and how the people who do those jobs, often immigrants and migrants, fight to make those jobs fairer.

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

Complicating Stereotypes

Students learn about history of untrue narratives about different groups of people, understand how immigrants and migrants build structures of support to combat stereotypes, and hear human stories that foster connection.

Recommended programs: 1916 Meet Victoria,  1950s Epstein Family,  1970s Wong Family


Push and Pull Factors

Students learn about the economic, social, and political conditions that both motivate families to leave their own countries and attract them to settle in a new country.

Recommended programs: 1860s Meet Bridget, 1910s Rogarshevsky Family, 1930s Baldizzi 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: 1916 Meet Victoria,  1950s Epstein Family, 1960s Saez Velez Family

All Available Virtual Field Trips | Grades 3 - 5

1860s Meet Bridget (Limited Availability) | On the Meet Bridget program, students will go back in time to 1869 to learn from an actor playing Bridget Moore. Bridget Moore was a real woman who immigrated to the United States from Ireland in 1863.  A Tenement Museum educator will teach students about the push and pull factors impacting 19th-century Irish immigrants, with a focus on the Potato Famine.

  • Themes: Culture and Identity, Push and Pull Factors, Complicating Stereotypes
  • Possible focus topic(s): European immigration, Irish Potato Famine
  • Curriculum Materials: The Moore Family Story

1910s Rogarshevsky Family  | The Rogarshevsky Family story features a Jewish American family and their 1911 tenement home. Students learn about the push and pull factors of Eastern European immigration, their journey through Ellis Island, and their work in the garment industry on the Lower East Side.

  • Themes: Culture and Identity, Industrialization and Labor, Push and Pull Factors
  • Possible focus topic(s): European immigration, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
  • 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 to 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: Complicating Stereotypes, Culture and Identity
  • Possible focus topic(s): European Immigration
  • Curriculum materials:  The Confino Family Story

1930s Baldizzi Family  | The Baldizzi Family story features an Italian-American family and their 1935 tenement home. Students will learn about the push and pull factors and immigration regulations impacting their immigration journey to the United States and consider how the family created a home in a time of crisis: the Great Depression.

  • Themes: Complicating Stereotypes, Push and Pull Factors
  • Possible focus topic(s): European Immigration, The Great Depression
  • Curriculum materials: The Baldizzi Family Story

1950s Epstein Family  | The Epstein Family story features a Jewish American family and their 1950’s tenement home. Rivka and Kalman Epstein were Holocaust survivors and students will learn about their journey from Europe to find protection and safety in the United States. By exploring their recreated home and the objects in it, students uncover how the family revived traditions from their home and also started new ones.

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

1960s Saez Velez Family  | The Saez Velez Family story features a Puerto Rican family and their 1968 tenement home. Students learn about the history of Puerto Rico, how Puerto Ricans came to be US citizens, and how the Saez Velez’ migrated to New York City.

  • Themes: Culture and Identity, Industrialization and Labor, Push and Pull Factors
  • Possible focus topic(s): Puerto Rican Migration
  • Curriculum materials: The Saez Velez Family Story

1970s Wong Family  | The Wong family story features a Chinese American family and their 1970’s tenement home. Students learn about the push and pull factors of Chinese immigration and the long history of laws that restricted Asian immigration.

  • Themes: Complicating Stereotypes, Culture and Identity, Industrialization and Labor, Push and Pull Factors
  • 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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