Skirball Virtual Classroom

Rooted in Jewish tradition and American democratic ideals, the Skirball’s school programs illuminate the inherent value of each human being. Through vivid storytelling and participatory experiences, our student-centered cultural programs foster empathy, collaboration, and civic engagement—essential tools for creating just and resilient communities.

Aligned with Common Core State Standards and California Arts Standards, the Skirball Virtual Classroom features a wide range of online offerings designed to uplift and energize young learners.

  • Bring the whimsy and artistry of Noah’s Ark into your digital learning environment! Sign up for an interactive, educator-facilitated program that uses storytelling to explore big ideas like community, culture, and hope.

  • Connect culture and history to art and storytelling with the Skirball’s online lessons and activities!

    Tailor made for digital platforms, the following resources are meant to strengthen classroom communities, celebrate hope and discovery, and explore ways to build a better world. 

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    Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™ Curriculum

    Pre-K–Grade 5
    Inspired by ancient and culturally diverse flood stories, our Noah’s Ark classroom curriculum focuses on the ways that each of us, including the youngest members of our community, can make a difference. Organized in three parts—storms, arks, and rainbows—this set of lively video content and interactive lesson plans engages students in creative expression, empathy building, and community connection. Incorporating storytelling, mindfulness, and imaginative play, Noah’s Ark educators invite students to bring their original stories to life.

    FREE | Launching in October!

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    Noah’s Ark  Flood Stories

    Pre-K–Grade 4
    Experience timeless flood stories from cultures all around the world! Told by our dynamic Noah’s Ark Educators, each story invites students to travel through huge storms, create safe shelters, and celebrate new beginnings—in some tales on a large boat, but in others, a walnut shell or a hollowed-out pumpkin. Let your students’ imaginations run wild and become part of the story! 

    Registration opens Thursday, October 8 at 12:00 pm (PT).

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    The Skirball’s Virtual Field Trips can be scheduled for up to sixty-minute sessions. Programs cost $50 per group (fee waivers available). The suggested group size is 30 participants or fewer. 
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    Noah’s Ark from Head to Tale

    Grades 3–5
    Explore the whimsical animals aboard Noah’s Ark! Handmade from repurposed everyday objects—including bottle caps, bicycle parts, baseball mitts, mop heads, and rearview mirrors—each Noah’s Ark animal celebrates second chances and offers hope for new beginnings. After learning about these special animals, students will work with a Noah’s Ark educator to create their own stories inspired by found objects.

    Registration opens Friday, October 9 at 12:00 pm (PT).

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    The Skirball’s Virtual Field Trips can be scheduled for up to sixty-minute sessions. Programs cost $50 per group (fee waivers available). 
    ​The suggested group size is 30 participants or fewer. 
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    Tzedakah Seeker

    Grades 2–5
    Tzedakah is the Hebrew word for “justice” and can often be interpreted as “good deeds.” In this lesson, students will explore tzedakah through a multicultural lens by learning how different cultures highlight the ways they help others. Students will then think about the everyday actions they can take to make positive change in their own homes, communities, and the world. 

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    Story Collector

    Grades 2–12
    Use the power of storytelling to make connections across cultures, build strong communities, and carry on traditions from one generation to the next. In this lesson, students are encouraged to connect with loved ones, learn from the experiences of others, and become recorders of their own family and community histories. 

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    Community Council

    Pre-K–Grade 12 
    Build connections, celebrate differences, and practice active listening with community council! This simple and powerful discussion format can be used in your virtual classroom as a daily reflection, restorative practice, or a way to come together after a shared experience.  

    View the full lesson plan

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    Build a Better World: Cards of Kindness

    Pre-K–Grade 12
    Get creative and support the helpers and do-gooders in our community by creating and sending cards of kindness! Show your students how they can make a difference by expressing themselves through letter-writing, poetry, and the visual arts. 

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    At Home in LA

    Grades 2–3 
    Celebrate the incredible cultural diversity of Los Angeles and explore the universal values of welcoming others, teaching and learning, and caring for the earth and each other. Students gain a greater understanding of cultural traditions by sharing family stories and examining artifacts from around the world—including students’ own family heirlooms. Introduce your class to the idea of tzedakah, the Hebrew word for “justice,” through a special art project that inspires young people to help care for the world we share. 

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    Architecture and Community

    Grade 4 
    How does culture shape the spaces in which we live? And how does our built environment influence our emotions? Ponder these questions and more while discovering the art and science of architecture at the Skirball. Take a virtual tour of our dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces, learn how the Skirball was designed to be an oasis for all, and give your students an opportunity to act as urban planners as they construct their own community building project. 

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    Americans and Their Family Stories

    Grade 5 
    Learn about the experiences of people who have come to the United States from around the world and the resiliency that characterizes each individual’s journey. Students learn of an American Jewish immigrant experience at the turn of the twentieth century, gain an understanding of the harrowing challenges many migrants to the US have faced—across cultures, time periods, and circumstances—and cultivate an appreciation for all who strengthen the story of our nation. 
     

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    Archaeology of the Near East

    Grade 6 
    How different are we from people who lived 3,000 years ago? Connect the past, present, and future in this fun archaeological virtual adventure! Students examine and analyze the artifacts of an Iron Age town to develop hypotheses about the history, commerce, religion, and cultural practices of our ancient ancestors. Consider what traces we are leaving behind for future generations as we become the cultural heritage protectors of tomorrow. 

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