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Teaching Trunks for Grades 5-6

We offer both virtual and traveling teaching trunks that 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

Hour of Need: A Teaching Trunk for the Graphic Novel (Grades 6-12)

This mini teaching trunk is available starting 2/21/2024, and is for Grades 6 and above. Bring Holocaust history to your classroom via classroom sets of the award-winning graphic novel, Hour of Need, which explores the history of the Holocaust in Denmark and the remarkable story of a family’s survival through the help of ordinary people who became upstanders during World War II.


  • Empathetic connection to an individual family’s story told in a new, artistic medium.
  • Local family history and connections.
  • Human implications of choice and resistance, and becoming an Upstander.


  • Classroom sets of Hour of Need, the award-winning graphic novel.
  • Ready-made educator’s guide, lesson plans and activities created in collaboration with Humanus Network.
  • Additional materials centered on Theresienstadt, reflecting the experiences of the Danish Jews who were unable to escape.

Hour of Need is supported by the Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation.

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