School-Based Programs: BHS in the Classroom

 

For Elementary Schools

For Middle & High Schools

In-school residencies

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90 Minute In-class Workshops


These 90-minute, interactive workshops held in your classroom and led by a museum educator bring to life each lesson's themes with facilitated exploration of primary sources. Workshops start at $175 for groups of up to 34 students and are organized here by recommended grade. These programs are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about these programs – send us an e-mail at education@brooklynhistory.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

For Elementary Schools:

Brooklyn at Work 
Grades: 2–6
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: $175
Site: Your school

Students investigate primary source images and make discoveries about work and workers in Brooklyn in 1900 and today. Students will consider how new immigrants changed work in New York and explore the continuing evolution of labor, wages, and working conditions.

Brooklyn on the Move
Grades: 2–6
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: $175
Site: Your school

In this lesson, students will draw on documents and photographs to learn about the history of transportation in Brooklyn and how changes in transportation, buildings, and streets played a role in the transformation of Brooklyn from a village to a metropolis.


The Brooklyn Bridge from Classroom to Caisson: A Walk Back in Time
Grades: 2–5 
Duration: 90 minutes in class and 2 hours on walking tour
Cost: $350

Site: Your school for in-class workshop; walking tour meets at Brooklyn Historical Society

Session One: A BHS educator visits your classroom to lead a hands-on study of primary source images documenting Brooklyn before the Bridge, the Bridge’s engineering and construction, and its impact on New York City. These content-rich activities will form a springboard for continued learning during session two: a walk onto the Brooklyn Bridge.

Session Two: During a multi-sensory walking tour through historic Brooklyn Heights and onto the Brooklyn Bridge, students will examine the built environment and learn the stories of John, Washington, and Emily Roebling along with the workers who built the Bridge. 

Students and Educator on Brooklyn Bridge

 

 

For Middle & High Schools

 

NEW! In the Archives: Slavery & Freedom
Grades: 11 & 12
Duration: 90 minutes in class and 2 hours at BHS
Cost: $450
Introduce your students to authentic archival resources. Using slave bills of sale and manumissions from the late-18th and early 19th Century, students get experience analyzing primary sources to learn about experiences of slavery and freedom in Brooklyn.


Women, Work & World War II 
Grades: 6–12
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: $175
Site: Your school

Using primary-source documents and oral histories, students gain an in-depth understanding of the experiences of women and the social history of this transformative era. 

 

Greenpoint from Sugar to Shipyards: A Walk Back in Time
Grades: 5–11
Duration: 90 minutes in class and two hours on walking tour
Cost: $350
Site: Your school for in-class workshop; walking tour meets in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Session One: A BHS educator visits your classroom to lead an exploration of the history of Greenpoint and how it was shaped by trends in urbanization and industrialization. Students will investigate historic maps, photos, and other archival evidence to craft a narrative about specific sites and their connections to national history.

Session Two: A BHS educator will hit the streets of Greenpoint with your class, but the students will become the tour guides, sharing their findings about industrialization, manufacturing, and immigration at each historic site.

 

In-School Residencies

For a longer-term collaboration, Brooklyn Historical Society offers in-school residencies in which a BHS educator, over the course of several in-class workshops, leads hands-on activities in support of social studies curriculum and historical thinking skills. We will tailor the focus and scope of the partnership to your school's goals and needs. All programs include an emphasis on guided discussion, group activities, and experiential learning.

To plan a workshop and discuss pricing, please contact us at education@brooklynhistory.org.