School Programming

 

The  Butterfly Project brings to classrooms age-appropriate lessons and activities about the Holocaust that teach the dangers of hatred, bigotry and indifference in today’s world. Designed to cultivate empathy and teach social responsibility, our programing enables students of all backgrounds to identify personally with those who lived during one of the darkest times in human history, and in doing so, gain a profound understanding of how prejudice, racism, bullying and stereotyping can lead to systemic injustices over time. Our programming uses real-life stories from the Holocaust to demonstrate the power of how one person can make a difference.

Broward County School District, Florida. District-wide programming with 90 sixth grade art classrooms, interdisciplinary art lessons aligned with social studies and English and prioritizing by the Equity and Diversity department.

Age-Appropriate Historical Experiences

Through our interactive lessons, which include oral history, film, literature and hands-on art-making, students share a common educational experience that promotes collective responsibility and teaches kids to more effectively stand up to injustice, hatred and racism.

The Power of Each Painted Butterfly

Each student has the chance to make a personal connection to the child on their biography card as they paint their own personal butterfly in memory of that child.

The powerful symbolism of each painted butterfly then getting fired in a kiln to emerge renewed, glazed and shiny, ready for display is remarkably impactful for students and the larger school community.

One-of-a-Kind Programming

Our powerful programming culminates with the creation of the installation on your campus. This dynamic work of art is created at your site to foster conversations about diversity, inclusion and justice today.

The art-making and displays are a tangible way to link the stories to be remembered, and serve as a visual reminder for the learner to be an empowered new voice for justice today.

The Butterfly Project programming is suitable

for public schools, private schools, religious schools, charter schools, and after-school programs.

Lessons and activities are appropriate for 5th through 12th grades, all lessons can be modified based on time constraints. We offer modified versions of our lessons for Pre-K through 4th grade.
Programming offers a powerful shared learning experience conducive to individual classrooms, entire grades, or school-wide events.
Our lessons draw parallels between personal stories from the Holocaust and present day systemic issues.
Video by Ron and Karen Cook @Eastcountystyle

Invite Our Education Team to Your Classroom for a Virtual Visit

The Butterfly Project’s Education Team is available to come to your 4th – 12th grade classroom virtually for a 45-75 minute presentation.   Our lessons promote active listening skills that demonstrate the dangers of being a bystander and help cultivate empathy and social responsibility. Our presenters bring original source testimonies and rare artifacts as part of the program, with an emphasis on the power of each person to make a difference.


Getting Started

Bringing The Butterfly Project programming to your group or community is easy. Visit our order form to purchase our lessons and materials. Butterfly kits can be sold separately or in a package with the educational film and corresponding film lessons. 

Scholarship Opportunities

We have a limited number of scholarships available for public schools, allowing your school to receive hands-on artistic materials and teacher training resources when you register your school or organization as a Licensed member.

Eligible schools are recipients of interactive lessons, films and hands-on art materials (each butterfly kit includes 36 ceramic butterflies, 36 biography cards of children who perished, underglazes and brushes) Teacher training is available, however, teachers can also use their own lessons with our program and forgo the training workshops if they have an educational plan in place.

Educational Materials

Our programming provides teachers with a gentle yet profound way to bring hope and beauty to their students’ Holocaust education and help make these lessons from history relevant to today’s world.

The  Butterfly Project’s programming includes the following lessons and activities:

Butterfly Kits As the heart of our programming, each butterfly kit includes 36 ceramic butterflies, 36 biography cards of children who perished during the Holocaust, glazes, and paint brushes
Film and/or Educational Film Chapters Our award-winning documentary and subsequent educational chapters help foster ongoing dialogue in the classroom about diversity, inclusion and justice, and leads towards the creation of a permanent installation.
Corresponding Film Lessons Lessons developed by our Education Team in collaboration with educational design consultants to enhance learning from the educational film.
Holocaust Families Speakers’ Bureau Helping to tell the personal stories from the Holocaust, our speakers’ bureau is made up of Holocaust survivors and their families (known as Second or Third Generation). Members of our speakers’ bureau visit classrooms (in-person or virtually) to tell their stories (or their family’s stories) and help students build a personal connection to these powerful lessons.
Access to examples and design guidelines for permanent and temporary butterfly installations of various sizes to help you design and build your display.

Benefits of Bringing The Butterfly Project to Your Classroom

  • Advances educators’ skills in delivering these crucial standards-based lessons of the Holocaust.
  • Addresses the challenges of teaching about the Holocaust effectively by helping teachers set the right context and provide a safe teaching environment.
  • Engages students in meaningful lessons about the Holocaust including hearing oral histories, exploring identity and creating a ceramic butterfly as part of a community art and memorial making effort.
  • Helps students develop an understanding of this difficult chapter in history and connect the past to current events.
  • Teaches students empathy, social responsibility, and the power of each person to become upstanders for justice.