Numerous research studies demonstrate measurable benefits associated with integrating a museum experience with the classroom curriculum. NMAJH offers students an interdisciplinary and inquiry-based museum experience that builds on school curriculum and enriches their lives. Our educational activities are aligned to and support the National and PA Common Core in Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Civics and Government.
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Planning your Visit
Situated at an easily accessible location on Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, NMAJH offers a range of uniquely engaging, interactive visits and field trips for students of every age.
For more information and to start planning your visit, please use our convenient ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM or contact Group Services at 215-923-3811 x 141 or email email@example.com.
K-12 LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES
Below, you will find educational programs and activities available at the Museum. Please choose a program and bring your class for a visit that they’ll never forget. Our object-based lessons provide students with opportunities to develop skills in reading, understanding, interpreting, and responding to informational text through close engagement with primary documents, historic artifacts, maps, and interactive visual and audio displays. They also learn to observe, listen, and share responses as individuals or in group discussions. These lessons can serve as compelling topics for project-based curricula and individual research projects.
To see how a Museum visit may support Common Core and the national and Pennsylvania standards in Language Arts, Social Studies, History, Civics, and Government or to see the specific curriculum connection of an individual program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In their Shoes: Three Generations of Dreamers and Doers
Imagine what life was like in Colonial America, during westward expansion, and during the period of mass migration to the U.S. through object exploration and hands-on activities.
Coming to America, 1880-1924
Learn about immigration at the turn of the twentieth century by bringing to life the various stages of an immigrant experience: travel; arrival; learning new customs; deciding where to live, work, and study; adjusting to a new social and cultural environment; and migrating beyond the port of arrival.
The unit is also available as a synchronous or asynchronous virtual experience. For more information, please email email@example.com or call Rachel Urkowitz at 215.923.3811 ext. 153.
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Notable American Jews
Discover the personal stories of individuals who made significant contributions to American life.
The Spirit of NMAJH word game
A word game comprised of 18 questions highlighting stories that convey some of the key themes of the Museum’s core exhibition. These include community, identity, innovation, immigration, labor, culture, and family life. The game is a great device to provide a general overview of the Museum.
Unique Promise and Imperfect Freedom: America’s History of Racial Tolerance
Explore stories of the American Jews as they fought discrimination and won victories in the name of tolerance and acceptance from the Colonial period through present day. Place their experiences and actions in the larger context of America’s enduring legacies and ongoing struggles with religious, ethnic, and racial freedom.
Values in Action
Explore the Museum through a unique lens: how values affect actions. Learn about ordinary women and men who were determined to live according to their high ideals. This activity motivates students to think about how they can put their own values into action in relationships with others and as members of society.
To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom in Early American History
Beginning with the first Jews to permanently settle in America in 1654, and culminating in the 1880s, this tour raises questions about what it meant to be a small minority in a young and still evolving nation. Its content revolves around the historic correspondence (on view in the Museum) between the nation's first president and the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island.
A place for enjoyable field trips, the Museum provides a learning environment that contributes to social, cognitive and emotional development of young children. Through the use of developmentally appropriate activities, our Preschool Program connects young children to history. Children listen to a story, observe related Museum artifacts, play with interactive exhibits, and create projects that extend their experience.
We welcome the opportunity to plan a tour tailored specifically to your class interests and goals. Please choose a program and bring your class for a visit that they’ll never forget.
For more information and to start planning your visit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRESCHOOL LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES
Circles & Squares: Shapes in the Museum
Travels & Transportation
Family, Memories, & Traditions
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SPECIAL EXHIBITION EDUCATION PROGRAM
Weave the excitement of baseball into your school curriculum and enjoy an experience that opens eyes, touches hearts, and deepens connections to American history and culture.
Organized into three units according to grade level, the educational programs for Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming Americanoffer K-12 educators a unique opportunity to examine a variety of history and social studies topics through the lens of our nation’s pastime, encourage a close examination of historical objects and documents, group work, and self-reflection.
In addition to activities at the Museum, each educational unit includes five classroom lessons. These lessons were designed to support a visit to the exhibition but can also stand alone as independent learning experiences. The first unit, “The Home Team,” is aimed at students in kindergarten through 3rd grade and focuses on the themes of community, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Special attention is given to literacy and art-based activities as well as the development of social skills. Unit Two, “The Four Sides of a Baseball Diamond,” has been created for students in grades 4-7 and relates to such topics as immigration, identity, and cultural diversity. The third unit, “Breaking Barriers,” is most appropriate for students in grades 8-12. This unit explores themes of discrimination, inequality, civil rights, social justice, and social change.
To learn about the educational programs that will be offered in conjunction with the is exhibition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER EDUCATION EVENTS
Regional Youth Summit – Freedom Summer
RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER.
NEW DATE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014
For our regional youth summit, NMAJH and AAMP want to pull history into the present for students by providing them with opportunities to explore and discuss the role of youth in the Freedom Summer and in contemporary activist movements. The event will be focused around the following leading questions for students to think about over the course of the event: What lessons can we learn from Freedom Summer participants about the role of youth in activism? Has the role of youth in activism changed today?
The event will incorporate gallery explorations in the museums, a panel presentation from Freedom Summer veterans and/or scholars, and small group discussions among students from three schools. We envision the following timeline for the event:
- 10:00-11:00am: Students from Barrack Hebrew Academy will explore the African American Museum in Philadelphia and students from the Sankofa Freedom Charter School and the Academy of Palumbo will explore the National Museum of American Jewish History. Docents and staff will highlight activists presented in both museums’ galleries.
- 11:00-12:00: Groups will convene in the National Museum of American Jewish History’s theater for an introductory talk from a panel of Freedom Summer veterans or scholars.
- 12:00-1:00: Broadcast of the Smithsonian’s National Youth Summit: Freedom Summer.
- 1:00-2:00: Students will be broken into groups of ten to discuss the role of youth in contemporary activism movements. Each group will include students from all three schools and will be facilitated by Freedom Summer veterans/scholars and current youth activists, who will be recruited from groups like Youths United for Change and the Philadelphia Student Union.
- 2:00-2:30: Representatives from the small groups will share out with the larger groups.
While participating schools have already been identified, all teachers are encouraged to view the live broadcast with students in their own classrooms. More information is available here.
The National History Day
NMAJH is proud to be part of The National History Day.
This year's theme is Rights and Responsibilities in History.
For more information on NMAJH's participation in The National History Day, please contact Vera DaVinci at email@example.com or 215-923-3811 x 118.
Museum Event: Courageous Choices – Finding Your Creative Voice
This special Museum event offers an interactive museum exploration that highlights the lives of American Jews who overcame obstacles and found their creative voice. It is followed by a dynamic theatrical performance of 1 Pound, 4 Ounces created and performed by award-winning actor, dancer, and instructor Khalil Munir.
The content of Courageous Choices is aligned to Common Core and National Social Studies and History Standards. Students will analyze and interpret documents, museum text, and a performance in order to develop an understanding of contemporary and historical figures who exemplify the principles of American values and freedom.
Recommended for grades 6 and up.
A Philadelphia native, Munir chose the arts as a path away from despair and misfortune. 1 Pound 4 Ounces is the riveting one-man show combining impassioned storytelling with music and improvisational tap dance. Having overcome adversities including a broken home marred by drugs and incarceration, as well as devastating childhood learning hurdles, Munir has conquered that and much more, emerging as an artistic risk-taker and respected role model.
For more information and to schedule an event, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. or call Vera DaVinci at 215 923 3811 x 118.
Scholarship funding is available for financially eligible schools.
PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
We strive to ensure that the opportunity to learn from our collection is available to all; therefore, we offer tours that are customized to the students’ level of comfort and ability, both physical and cognitive. Experienced docents are available to facilitate these tours and activities.
Please refer to our K-12 Lessons and Activities to choose a program. We will work with you to adjust the program to your group's needs.
Please refer to our K-12 Lessons and Activities to choose a program and we will work with you to adjust it and meet your needs.
Please refer to our K-12 Lessons and Activities and Distance Learning to choose a program and we will work with you to adjust it and meet your needs.