Virtual Field Trips for Grades 6 – 8

Explore by Content Themes

During development, we identified key, grade-specific concepts of learning to integrate into our school programming. For grades 6 -8, we’ve created 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 fair. Students learn about changing technologies and their impact on the work lives of real people. 

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: 1916 Meet Victoria, 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, 1970s Wong

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.  

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

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
  • Possible focus topic(s): European immigration, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
  • Curriculum materials: The Rogarshevsky Family Story

1916 Meet Victoria (Limited Availability) | 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
  • Possible focus topic(s): European Immigration
  • Curriculum materials:  The Confino Family Story

1930s Baldizzi Family  | This story features an Italian-American family and their 1935 tenement home. By exploring a ship manifest and 1924 newspaper clips, students learn about the family’s immigration and the laws that created obstacles for their journey to the United States.

  • Themes: Complicating Stereotypes
  • Possible focus topic(s): European Immigration
  • Curriculum materials: The Baldizzi Family Story

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
  • 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. 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  
  • 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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