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Cyber Field Trip on the Erie Canal
Students use Internet sources to learn about the Erie Canal. In this Internet search lesson, students complete a cyber search to read and gather information about the Erie Canal.
Fourth graders explore the Erie Canal and probe the reasons for its construction, the key political leaders responsible for the canal, the characteristics of a canal worker's life, and how a lock works. This unit is divided into five lessons.
Low Bridge, Everybody Down
Fourth graders complete a variety of written and creative activities that explore the history of the Erie Canal, including its development, use, importance, and effect on the development of New York State.
Post-Civil War American History
Fifth graders examine significant events in Post-Civil War America. In this Post-Civil War lesson, 5th graders investigate the important events after the war in 19th century America. They read primary source documents about six topics which include steamboats, Erie Canal, railroad, and the Free Market system. They research the importance of inventions and innovations that came into being soon after the War and examine how life changed due to the Industrial Revolution.
Low Bridge, Everybody Down
Fourth graders study the history of the Erie Canal, and its effect on the development of New York State. Students incorporate literature, ELA components, technology, cooperative skills, Social Studies, Art and Music when learning and presenting what was learned.
Marco Paul's Travels on the Erie Canal
Young scholars conduct research in order to create an understanding of The Eerie Canal and its place in history and the world. students use a variety of primary and secondary resources to aid in the research process.
Ohio and Erie Canal
Students use maps, readings and photos to research the construction and effects of the Ohio and Erie Canals. They compare the region's economy before and after the canal's construction and analyze transportation routes in their own communities.
New York Earns Title: Empire State
Seventh graders study the Erie Canal and New York state. They design a three-day vacation itinerary using tourism sites, which highlight historical facts and include the modern remains of the New York Canal system.
Fulfilling the Visions
Students investigate the economic implications of public programs to improve transportation. They become familiar with the visions that were articulated for both the Erie Canal and Interstate Highway System.
Transportation Systems: Two Liter Boat Activity
Students design and build full-size boats made out of two-liter plastic bottles, chicken wire, and plywood. Then they race the boats, with the boat's designers "manning the hull", in the school's swimming pool.
Investigating Central Asia Through Maps
Students use different types of maps to examine the region of Asia. They examine how the region of Central Asia is defined. They develop their own scavenger hunt based on maps to complete the lesson.
Students investigate America during the the 1800s. In this Social Studies lesson, students examine the Industrial Revolution, Westward Expansion, and other historical events that happened during the 1800s. Students compare and contrast locations and events of that time.
Migration to the Great Lakes States
Fourth graders discover the reasons why people migrated to the Midwestern portion of the United States. For this Midwest migration lesson, 4th graders study vocabulary associated with the lesson, watch two videos, and draw pictures of the travels using an assigned web site. They discuss the development of the assembly line in relation to the Ford Company and decide how this affected the migration.
Situation of America, 1848
Students explore 19th century American artwork. In this cross curriculum New York history and art appreciation lesson plan, students view a reproduction of the painting "Situation of America, 1848," and identify visual symbols and details that depict information about the time period. Students complete a graphic organizer with phrases and symbols that represent 19th century New York, and use this information as a basis for an original painting.
Michigan History of Philanthropy
Middle schoolers investigate how philanthropy began in Michigan. For this philanthropy lesson, students read Michigan History of Philanthropy and read a timeline of several events. Middle schoolers create a picture with a sentence about a time when they witnessed an act of philanthropy.
Core Poetry and More
Second graders examine poetry in the context of American History in the four lessons of this unit. They read, write, and edit their own pieces in this unit.
People Who Made a Difference in New York's History
Fourth graders research a person who made a difference in New York's history, they write short biographies, and then they become the person during The Living History Museum. They can choose a person from any timie period.
Write a Trip Journal
Fourth graders use the internet to gather information on the Erie Canal. Using a map, they trace the route of a young girl who came from Amsterdam to Syracuse using the Canal. They also view maps of all the canals in the United States and write a journal from the point of view of a canal traveler.
Doing Our Share Lesson 1: Michigan History of Philanthropy
Learners research the history of philanthropy in Michigan by looking at images and pictures while discussing the definition of philanthropy. They design a picture of the first time they saw a philanthropic act and write three sentences describing the incident.
Where Do Your Belongings Come From?
Students figure out where their belongings come from and consider the reasons why many items are imported from other countries. They list the locations of origin for the items they use on a typical morning and research an East Asian country.