Elmo's Neighborhood

Your lesson will take place in the Sesame Street exhibit where you and your students can go hands-on with activities that until now could only be seen on television. This first-ever three-dimensional exhibit on the revolutionary television show was produced by the National Museum of Play® in collaboration with Sesame Workshop, creator of the series. Children learn about literacy, numeracy, and diversity in engaging interactive environments.

Lesson extensions for before or after your visit

The following activities are designed for your class to enjoy before or after your museum visit. Familiarizing students with the lesson concepts can enrich their museum experience.

Going on a sign hunt

Lead students in a class discussion about signs they have seen in their neighborhoods. Walk with the children around the school’s hallways and classrooms. Help them read the signs they see and ask them, “Why do you think these are here?” After the “sign hunt,” have students create their own signs. Post students’ signs in classroom or hallway and play a game of “Follow the Signs.” Give students simple oral directions that involve following a route by reading two or more signs. Have children make up their own directions for classmates to follow.

Exploring your neighborhood

Take the students on a community walk, either around the neighborhood or school. Have each student carry a clipboard, paper, and a pencil. Stop periodically and let students draw examples of both the people and places they observe. A digital or disposable camera may be used to take photos. Create a neighborhood in your classroom, providing props and clothing for role-playing and mural paper and crayons for creating neighborhood places.

Suggested reading

  • City Street by Douglas Florian
  • Everybody Brings Noodles by Norah Dooley
  • Only One Neighborhood by Marc Harshman & Barbara Garrison