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Education

K-12 and Preschool

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.

Need more information? Please contact the Education Department at 215-923-3811 x 153 or education@nmajh.org.

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 groups@nmajh.org.  


  

Pricing (Need-based scholarships are available)

Preschool group ticket$6 per studentPrice includes admission, guided lesson, and an optional arts & crafts activity.
Up to 30 students. 
One chaperone per 5 students. Chaperones receive complimentary admission.*
Grades K-12 ticket      $12 per studentPrice includes admission and a guided activity.
Up to 100 students.
One chaperone per 10 students required. Chaperones receive complimentary admission.*
Camp group ticket $12 per camperPrice includes admission and a guided activity.
Up to 100 campers.
One chaperone per 10 campers required. Chaperones receive complimentary admission.*
Courageous Choices Special Student Event. Please contact vdavinci@nmajh.org for details.  
Virtual Lesson (video conference)Please contact rurkowitz@nmajh.org for details.  

  

*Please note: There is a cost associated with additional chaperones.  

Lunch space may be available with advance registration.
 
To download and print our scholarship form, click here

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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 education@nmajh.org.


Museum Lessons and ActivitiesPresch K-56-89-12College
In their Shoes    
Coming to America   
Notable American Jews   
The Spirit of NMAJH 
Unique Promise and Imperfect Freedom  
Values in Action  
To Bigotry No Sanction    
Circles & Squares: Shapes in the Museum    
Travel & Transportation    
Family, Memories, and Traditions    
Summer Camp activities 

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 education@nmajh.org or call Rachel Urkowitz at 215.923.3811 ext. 153.

For details click here

Additional Resources: 
Pre-Visit Lesson
Post-Visit Lesson 
Lesson Vocabulary 
Lesson Bibliography   

For additional teacher resources, click here.

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.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

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 education@nmajh.org.

PRESCHOOL LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES

Circles & Squares: Shapes in the Museum   

 Travels & Transportation

 Family, Memories, & Traditions 

For more information and to start planning your visit, please contact education@nmajh.org.

SPECIAL EXHIBITION EDUCATION PROGRAM

A variety of learning opportunities is offered in conjunction with our groundbreaking exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, on view through October 26, 2014. Hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a "rich, sprawling new exhibition," Chasing Dreams is the first large-scale exhibition to focus on the role baseball has played in the lives of immigrant and minority communities as they sought to understand and express -or challenge- American culture and ideals.

To learn about Chasing Dreams' educational programs and to download lesson plans and teacher resources for different grade levels, visit the "For Educators" section of our exhibition website.    

OTHER EDUCATION EVENTS



Regional Youth Summit – Freedom Summer freedom summit
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 a part of National History Day.  For the 2014-2015 school year, National History Day invites students to research topics related to the theme Leadership and Legacy in History.  Examples of leadership can be found almost anywhere- in the military, politics, government, communities, social movements, or in fields such as science, the arts, education, religion and economics.

For more information on NMAJH's participation in The National History Day, please contact Vera DaVinci at vdavinci@nmajh.org or 215-923-3811 x 118.



 Museum Event: Courageous Choices – Finding Your Creative Voice

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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 education@nmajh.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.

HOMESCHOOLS

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.

CYBERSCHOOLS

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.