Virtual Teaching Trunks

During these uncertain times we have created virtual versions of our teaching trunks.  Our virtual trunks offer accessibility to Educators who are teaching students virtually outside of the traditional classroom.  Virtual teaching trunks include access to e-books and digital texts, IHMEC developed films, remote lessons and activities, as well as digital “arte-facts” to help students explore the stories of local Holocaust survivors.

Virtual Teaching Trunk Options:

Virtual Teaching Trunk: Grades K – 4

In this virtual teaching trunk for kindergarteners – 4th graders, students will explore personal and cultural identity, empathy, family, and friendship through the lens of character education. They will explore how to be a contributing part of their local and global community, what it takes to care for themselves and others, and how to speak up for what is right. They will also learn how to speak up for those being bullied, and how to understand core values of respect, compassion, justice, civic virtue and citizenship. The virtual teaching trunk includes a PDF curriculum binder with ready-made lesson plans for teachers to use synchronously or asynchronously. 

Materials included: Read-aloud books, critical thinking questions, and activities for And Tango Makes Three, Carl the Complainer, Elmer, Frog and Toad Are Friends; video clips and extension activity ideas from IHMEC’s Make A Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition; focus on Upstanders with video clips, make-your-own Upstander oaths, and identity explorations.

Virtual Teaching Trunk: Grades 5-6

In this virtual teaching trunk for 5th & 6th graders, students examine how the lessons of Holocaust and genocide history can influence how we remember the past and whether we choose to take a stand for positive change in the future. This framework will explore how the themes of memory, history, and culture intersect in an investigation into beginning Holocaust studies. The virtual teaching trunk includes a PDF curriculum binder with ready-made lesson plans for teachers to use synchronously or asynchronously. 

Materials included: Read-aloud books and rentable e-books, critical thinking questions, and activities for 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 IHMEC’s Make A Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition; artwork explorations from IHMEC’s Act of Art Gallery; virtual “artefact” explorations which feature the amazing survival stories of local Chicago Holocaust survivors

Virtual Teaching Trunk: Grades 7 -12

In this virtual teaching trunk for 7th – 12th graders, students will focus on the historical impact of the Holocaust on individuals and be introduced to the more detailed history of the Holocaust, such as life in hiding, the ghettos, and camps. Through connecting themes, students analyze the human and moral implications of individual choice, responsibility, memory and what influences our decisions to be bystanders, and what encourages us to become Upstanders. The virtual teaching trunk includes a PDF curriculum binder with ready-made lesson plans for teachers to use synchronously or asynchronously. 

Materials included: Rentable e-books, critical thinking questions, and activities for Survival in Auschwitz, All But My Life, The Cage, The Christmas Menorahs; IHMEC documentaries of local survivors’ Holocaust experiences featured on WTTWaccess to our online exhibition on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and extension activities; artwork explorations from IHMEC’s Act of Art Gallery; virtual “artefact” explorations which feature the amazing survival stories of local Chicago Holocaust survivors

 

Virtual Teaching Trunk: Genocide and Human Rights 7-12 – COMING WINTER 2021

In this virtual teaching trunk for 7th – 12th graders, students will expand their knowledge beyond the Holocaust and begin reflecting on the complexities of human rights violations and genocide. Virtual resources will engage students in the further exploration of genocides in Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Rwanda. Through this combination of history and the examination of human behavior, we provide educators and students with tools necessary to explore the precarious nature of human and civil rights and allow for an investigation into the dynamics and relationships that make up our diverse communities. The virtual teaching trunk includes ready-made lesson plans for teachers to use synchronously or asynchronously. 

Materials included: Rentable e-books, critical thinking questions, and activities for First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, Black Dog of Fate, and We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda; overview presentations on the genocides in Rwanda, Armenia, Cambodia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina; presentation focused on Upstanders and resistance during genocide; ready-made materials on Raphael Lemkin and the UDHR; artwork explorations from IHMEC’s Act of Art Gallery

 

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