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Teaching Trunks for Grades 5-6

We are offering both virtual and traveling teaching trunks during the 2021 – 2022 school year. The traveling teaching trunks will be available starting January 1, 2022. Virtual teaching trunks are available during the entire school year.

Virtual Trunk: Memory, History, Culture: An Age-Appropriate Introduction to the Holocaust (Grades 5-6)

In this virtual teaching trunk, students examine how the lessons of the Holocaust and genocide can influence how we view the past and whether we choose to take a stand for positive change in the future.


  • How themes of memory, history, and culture intersect in the study of the Holocaust
  • What influences the way history is remembered and retold
  • What encourages people to stand up for others


  • Ready-made lesson plans for teachers to use synchronously or asynchronously
  • Read-aloud books and corresponding activities & questions
    • Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space
    • Granddaddy’s Gift
    • The Sneetches and Other Stories
    • The Night Journey
  • Video clips and extension activity ideas from Make A Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition
  • Artwork and activities from the Museum’s Act of Art gallery
  • Virtual “artefact” explorations featuring inspiring stories of local Chicago Holocaust Survivors

Memory, History, Culture Trunk (Grades 5-6)

This trunk is available beginning January 1, 2022. Students examine how the lessons of Holocaust and genocide can influence how we remember the past and whether we choose to take a stand for positive change in the future. This curriculum will explore how the themes of memory, history and culture intersect in an investigation into beginning Holocaust studies.


  • Tutti’s Promise
  • Jacob’s Rescue
  • Good-Bye Marianne
  • Replica textiles
  • Documents
  • Photographs

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