Virtual Field Trips for Grades 6 – 8

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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 fair. Students learn about changing technologies and their impact on the work lives of real people. 

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 

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.  

Movements for Change

Students learn about how small actions connect to bigger movements for change and how bigger movements manifest themselves in individual and family lives.  

Teacher Previews

Our teacher preview for Grades 6 – 8 was held on September 8th.

Be sure to catch the next one! We’ll be hosting more teacher previews over the course of the next few months. See our Educator events page for details.

All Available Virtual Field Trips | Grades 6 - 8

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 their immigration, their journey through Ellis Island, their work in the garment industry, and the obstacles they faced at a time of industrialization.

  • Themes: Culture and Identity, Labor and Unions, Industrialization and Urbanization, Movements for Change
  • Topics: European immigration, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory

1916 Meet Victoria  | On the Meet Victoria costumed interpretation program, students journey back in time to 1916 and learn from an actor playing Victoria Confino, a real 14-year-old girl who immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in 1913.  We’ll see how life then was quite different from today as Victoria shows us her home and daily life, tells us her stories, and shares how her family keeps their culture alive through food, language, holidays, and more.  

  • Themes: Culture and IdentityIndustrialization and Urbanization
  • Topic: European Immigration

1930’s Baldizzi Family  | The Baldizzi Family story features an Italian American family and their 1935 Tenement home. By exploring a ship manifest and 1924 newspaper clips, students learn about the push and pull factors of the family’s immigration and the nativistic 1924 immigration law that created obstacles for their journey to the United States.

  • Themes: Complicating Stereotypes
  • Topics: European Immigration, Citizenship and Naturalization

1950s Epstein Family  | TheEpstein Family story features a Jewish American family and their 1950’s tenement home.  Rivka and Kalman Epstein were Holocaust survivors.  Students will learn about their journey from Europe to find protection and safety in the United States and the challenges presented by restrictive immigration laws and attitudes towards newcomers. 

  • Themes: Complicating Stereotypes,  Culture and Identity
  • Topics: European Immigration

1960s Saez Velez Family  | TheSaez Velez Family story features a Puerto Rican family and their 1968 tenement home. With the help of Puerto Rican migration scholars, students learn about the history of Puerto Rico, how Puerto Ricans became US citizens and the Saez Velez’ journey to New York City as migrants.  

  • Themes: Industrialization and Labor, Culture and Identity, Movements for Change
  • Topics: Puerto Rican Migration

1960s Wong Family  | The Wong family story features a Chinese American family and their 1970’s tenement home. With the help of immigration scholars, students learn about the push and pull factors of their immigration and its relation to the Chinese Exclusion Act and subsequent immigration laws.

  • Themes: Complicating Stereotypes, Industrialization and LaborCulture and Identity  
  • Topics: Asian Immigration

Reclaiming Black Spaces  | In the Tenement Museum’s newest program, Reclaiming Black Spaces, students examine how Black and African Americans shaped Lower Manhattan as they made homes, businesses, and communities here over the centuries. Facilitated discussion will allow students to consider questions like: What drew Black New Yorkers to Lower Manhattan, and how were their experiences shaped by that migration?

  • Themes: Complicating Stereotypes, Culture and Identity, Movements for Change  

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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