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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.
4th English Language Arts
Document Based Question: Erie Canal
Fourth graders read the provided documents about the Erie Canal to discover the impact that this transportation systems had on the New York community. In this history instructional activity, 4th graders first analyze the documents and answer the corresponding questions about the Canal.
4th Social Studies & History
Setting the context for the first part of the 19th century, the slides presented here display the "Era of Good Feelings," including the presidencies of Monroe and Adams. Maps and photographs help students to contextualize the concepts of the growing American landscape.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History
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.
5th Social Studies & History
Review Game: American Industrial Revolution
So what were some of the reasons the industrial revolution began in America? REview some of the causes of the Industrial Revolution like, the cotton gin, textile mills, ports, and transportation. There are a total of nine questions. Tip: Use this game once and then modify the questions to fit other lessons.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Growing a Nation
Eleventh graders examine the major events and inventions that changed American families and communities. In this US History lesson, 11th graders analyze various documents dealing with the changes. Students create a project on an event they feel had the biggest impact on society.
11th Social Studies & History
New Review Transportation Systems
Learners analyze the evolution of cultural attitudes through the lens of transportation, examining several artifacts, documents, and photographs. Topics covered include how American attitudes have influenced society's evolution into a car-dependent society, how transportation affects the availability of goods, and transportation for the future.
8th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
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.
5th - 11th Visual & Performing Arts
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.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History
Migration to the Great Lakes States
Fourth graders discover the reasons why people migrated to the Midwestern portion of the United States. In 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.
4th Social Studies & History
Situation of America, 1848
Students explore 19th century American artwork. In this cross curriculum New York history and art appreciation activity, students view a reproduction of the painting "Situation of America, 1848," and identify visual symbols and details that depict information about the time period.
4th - 5th Visual & Performing Arts