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Discovering the Wonders of New York State
Fourth graders explore the geographical features of the cities and areas in New York State. They research one of the cities and do a PowerPoint presentation. Neat lesson idea.
Welcome to New York State
Students choose one region of New York state, and create a travel brochure that includes information such as geographical features, tourist attractions, accesibility, economic features, and historical events that occured in that region.
Explorers of New York State
Fourth graders study European explorers who made an impact of New York State. They conduct research and create a timeline and a Powerpoint presentation about one of the explorers.
Solar Energy in New York
Middle schoolers examine a variety of information for New York State including insolation data, and economic or political data, thus incorporating both science and social studies. Encouraging learners to become concerned citizens as they enter the adult world, they get to consider whether or not increasing the amount of surface area devoted to photovoltaic system is a wise investment.
Learners study two of the main Native American tribes and their cultural influence on New York State. They investigate how the Native Americans used the environment to meet basic needs and wants in this cross curricular unit.
Welcome to New York State
Fourth graders create a New York State travel brochure which features noteworthy geographical features, historical and current places of interest, and economic highlights.
New York, New York
Fourth graders investigate the tourist regions of New York state and plan a trip to one of them using a map. They plan the financial and travel plans, and keep a photo album of their trip.
Mapping Where Animals Live
What type of reptiles live in New York State? This lesson gets the class thinking about what factors determine where particular animals live. They analyze the Hudson Valley environment, identify specific reptile and amphibian characteristics, and then complete a worksheet that maps the areas in which particular reptiles and amphibians dwell. The answer keys are included but worksheet masters are not. Since a link to the web site is available worksheets may be downloadable.
Mid-unit Assessment: Reading, Note-taking and Paragraph Writing
For this mid-unit assessment, fourth graders should be able to read, take notes and write a well-constructed paragraph. This plan is a halfway point for a larger unit that utilizes close reading skills and visible thinking strategies to teach learners more efficient ways to read and write. They have 30 minutes to use skills learned in previous lessons with familiar informational text. The informational text, The Iroquois: A Six Nation Confederacy, is not included in the lesson, but the instructions, skills, and strategies used are exemplary and can be generalized to any text. Note: This unit also supplements 4th grade social studies lessons for New York state teachers.
New York State Government
Fourth graders identify key democratic values and explain the function of the three branches of New York State Government. They describe the history and purpose of the New York State Constitution.
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.
Investigation - Can You Guess My Favorite Color?
Second graders explore a bag of mixed pattern blocks. As a class they discuss different attributes of these shapes. In this math lesson, 2nd graders search to find shapes that are similar by placing shapes on top of one another to compare size and shape. Additionally, students read the word problem provided and create ways to tile the floor with shapes that are congruent. This lesson contains two assessments.
Apparent Motion of the Sun
This activity will help your class understand the path of the sun across the sky at different times of the year. The fifteen questions ask them to examine the movement of the sun and appearance of the sky around their personal location.
Life of a Civil War Soldier
Eighth graders write about the physical hardships endured by soldiers of the Civil War. They compare the losses between two communities during the Civil War. They analyze personal letters to understand what a battle was like. They develop a list of ten conclusions of the life of a volunteer soldier.
World War I WebQuest
Learners reflect on the events before, during and after World War I. For this World History lesson, students complete a WebQuest that focuses specifically on the key events of World War I.
Investigation - Looking at Polygons
Middle schoolers construct polygons by plotting points on a coordinate plane. Pupils connect the points and identify which polygons they have drawn. They will need graph paper to carry out the assigned activities. A vocabulary list, extension ideas, and assessment exercises are included.
The Industrial Revolution
Students explore what life was like during the Industrial Revolution. In this United States History lesson, students analyze a specific job then complete a webquest about that job. Once their research is complete, students work in groups to discuss their findings and develop an opinion about which job they think was the worst.
Tenth graders reflect on the effects of the Holocaust and the events leading up to World War II. In this World History lesson, 10th graders complete several activities, including a WebQuest, that analyze the Holocaust and its repercussions.
Onondaga Lake Educational Unit
Students outline the major events in the history of Onondaga Lake. They identify the parties involved in the events of Onondaga Lake. Students determine the sources of pollution that impacted Onondaga lake. They outline the major land uses of the area around Onondaga Lake. Students identify the impacts, both positive and negative, each form of land use had on the Onondaga Lake area.
Biking to Ellis Island
Students explore immigrants through various lessons and then create their own immigration story.