Virtual Field Trips for Grades 9 – 12

Explore by Content Themes

During development, we identified key, grade-specific concepts of learning to integrate into our school programming. For grades 9 – 12, 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.


Culture and Identity

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.  

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. 

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.  


Immigration Policy

Students learn about social, political, and economic conditions that led to various immigration policies, how those policies affected the demographics of the Lower East Side and the lived experiences of individual families.

Movements for Change

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

All Available Virtual Field Trips | Grades 9 - 12

1910s Rogarshevsky Family  | The Rogarshevsky Family story features a Jewish American family and their 1911 tenement home. Students will learn about the economic and political conditions that prompted the Rogarshevsky’s to move from the Russian Empire and the immigration policies that impacted immigration at this time.

  • Themes: Culture and Identity, Industrialization and Labor, Movements for Change
  • 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 engage 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 lived experiences, and share how her family keeps their Sephardic 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 | 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, Immigration Policy
  • Possible focus topic(s): European Immigration, The Great Depression, Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Curriculum materials: The Baldizzi Family Story

1950s Epstein Family  | TheEpstein Family story features a Jewish American family and their 1950’s tenement home.  Rivka and Kalman Epstein survived the Holocaust and entered the country as refugees. Students 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 IdentityImmigration Policy
  • Possible focus topic(s): European Immigration
  • Curriculum materials: The Epstein 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, its relationship to the United States and how it affected the Saez Velez’ journey to New York City as American citizens. 

  • Themes: Culture and Identity, Immigration Policy, Movements for Change, Industrialization and Labor
  • 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 1970s tenement home. With the help of immigration scholars, students learn about the push and pull factors of Chinese immigration and its relation to the Chinese Exclusion Act and subsequent immigration laws. 

  • Themes: Complicating Stereotypes, Culture and Identity, Immigration Policy, Industrialization and Labor
  • Topics: Asian Immigration
  • 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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