Teachers & Students
Lesson Plans and Programming Opportunities for Youth
The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience provides engaging educational programming for K-12th grade students that enrich Common Core State Standards. From in person and virtual tours to programs touching on immigration, civil rights, the Holocausts and more, your students will gain new perspectives by using the experience of a people with a distinct culture and history, to demonstrate the splendor of the American tapestry.
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MSJE offers on-site field trips to students in the 3rd – 12th grades. Field Trips at MSJE are interdisciplinary, object based, and encourage critical thinking. They focus on the unique and little-known history of Southern Jews to encourage students explore concepts of identity, diversity, and acceptance. All field trips consist of an interactive guided tour in our galleries and a hands-on
program that enrich classroom standards.
Free Field Trips for Local Students
First Horizon Bank is generously sponsoring all 2024 Field Trips for Louisiana and Mississippi students to MSJE! All Louisiana and Mississippi field trip goers will also receive a free ticket to come back with their family!
Interpreting the Past: Understanding objects (5th – 9th Grade)
Learn how to look at and consider artifacts as part of the historical record. This inquiry based program encourages students to ask questions about an object in order to understand their context.
Both/And (9th – 12th Grade)
Students will explore their complex both/and identities through our both/and identity of southern and Jewish.
Strangers in a Strange Land (3rd-5th Grade)
Explore how immigrants to the United States found their way in their new home – the struggles and triumphs of becoming American, of becoming part of the southern community. Students will explore times they felt like a stranger in a strange land and ways they welcome people to their community.
A Vital Part of the Community (6th-8th Grade)
Explore how Jewish people were and are a vital part of their community. Students will dive into the histories of some of New Orleans vital community members to better understand their own identity.
Field Trip FAQs
How much do field trips cost?
- Student tickets are $10 and include a tour and a program
- 1 Chaperone for every 10 students is required and receives a complimentary ticket. Any additional chaperones will require a ticket.
How many students can I bring at once?
- MSJE can accommodate up to 50 students Wednesday – Monday and 65 students on Tuesday. If your group is larger, contact email@example.com to discuss options to split your group.
What about lunch?
- MSJE does not sell any food or drinks, though a lunch space is available to be used. There is not a place to store cold lunches. All food must be arranged by the school.
Is there a place to park our bus?
- Bus parking is available for two school buses outside the Museum. Please communicate bus needs during booking.
Can my students buy souvenirs?
- The Museum Store will be open and accepts cards and cash.
Standard Enriching lesson plans that draw on MSJE’s collection to lead in YOUR classroom.
Contact Public Programs Manager Lizzi Meister at firstname.lastname@example.org for full lesson plan.
From Life to Literature: Immortalizing Oral Histories – Grades 5 – 8: Students will unearth details of their elders’ childhoods, leading them down a path of historical exploration. Consisting of four lessons, students will define oral history, learn how to ask good questions, understand how to conduct an effective interview, and interpret learned information creatively. Students will learn about the impact of oral histories and sharpen their interview skills, culminating in a final project that immortalizes collected words and leaves them with an appreciation for oral and written storytelling.
2 Oral Histories, 3 Opinions – Grades 3 – 8: Students will engage with multiple primary sources and think analytically about bias and historical perspectives to build critical thinking skills. Students will organize information on a Venn Diagram, learn the basics about how historians collect oral histories, and practice giving oral histories themselves.
MSJE will come to you (virtually)! Click on the programs below to learn more about each virtual opportunity.
My Southern Jewish Experience
During this program, we will explore 4 artifacts in the MSJE collection to learn more about the southern Jewish experience. Students will get a hands-on (or screen-on) interaction with each of the stories we talk about.
Student writing, photo and essay contests. Click on the opportunities below to learn more.