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Students examine photographs and complete research on river transportation. They describe the beginnings and innovations of the steamboats. Students research the development of trade from the 1700s through the 1800s. They write a one to two-page essay on river transportation.
Middle schoolers build a model steamboat. They research the role of steamboats in trade, communications, and economic development in the Lower Rio Grande region. They research the technology of steam and how it was applied to navigation. They write a play about life aboard steamboats and perform for the school. Students visit historical sites related to this study. This is the 11th in a series of lessons.
Third graders describe some of the factors that brought early settlers to Ann Arbor. They read Narrative-A Trip from Utica, New York, to Ingham County, Michigan in 1838. As an added challenge, 3rd graders can use maps to track Silas Beebe's journey from Utica to Ingham County. Students should think about and write responses
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.