Hull House Activities for Kids

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning about Hull House can be a wonderful way for kids to gain insight into charity as well as social reform and immigration history. This lesson offers activity ideas to help make studying Hull House fun.

Why Teach Kids About Hull House?

Whether you are studying immigration history with your students, teaching them about famous women from U.S. history, or trying to help them understand the complexities of social reform overall, teaching about Hull House can offer really important insight. Founded in 1889 by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr, Hull House became a symbol of people working together trying to offer sanctuary and education for new immigrants. Hull House, located in Chicago, represented secular attempts to advance social reform in the U.S. At the same time, studying Hull House raises interesting and important critical questions about assimilation and respect for difference.

If you are teaching kids about Hull House, it can help to have some hands-on activities that will get them interested and motivated to learn. The activities in this lesson appeal to a variety of learning styles while offering insight into what Hull House was and what it means within its historical context.

Visual Activities

The activities in this section are designed to appeal to students who learn best visually, using images or graphic organizers to help them make sense of new information.

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