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 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 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, 1950s Epstein Family, 1970s Wong Family
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, 1930s Baldizzi Family, 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.
|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.
|1930s 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.
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. 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.
1960s Saez Velez Family | The Saez 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.
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.