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April, 2009

The Tenement Museum: Education
Interactive activities from the Lower East Side Tenement Museum teach about immigration.
Grade Level: 3-5,6-8, 9-12

These pages offer lesson plans and activities, primary sources, and online interactive activities for learning about immigration from the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
The education resources are arranged in three groups -- lesson plans and activities, primary sources, and online activities -- with links prominently displayed on the main page.

Invite students to learn about immigration by studying the stories of 97 Orchard Street in Manhattans Lower East Side, home to nearly seven thousand working class immigrants. Students will learn about the challenges those immigrants faced in making a new life, working for a better future, and starting a family with limited means. The lesson plans, available for elementary, middle, and high school, use everyday objects, primary sources, and oral histories to help students learn and understand immigration history. Primary sources include petitions, naturalization papers, a death certificate, and other papers that help students piece together the stories of the immigrants. Students will enjoy the interactive online activities; they can take a virtual tour of the tenement, make their own flag, create a folk song, or join Victoria Confino for a virtual journey from Ellis Island to Orchard Street.


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