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.
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Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
If you happen to live in Indiana, or a neighboring state, and are planning a field trip to the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site, then this lesson plan will suit your needs quite well. In it, suggestions for activities before, during,...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History
Old Stone House Lesson Plan
From stagecoach to railroad tracks, your class will discover how advancements in travel in the United States during the nineteenth century played an integral role in the industrialization and development of American society. The main...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Growth of Cities Along the Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor
Students examine settlement patterns along the Illinois and Michigan Canal corridor. Using maps, they determine the theme and state the information they can gather from them. They identify the spatial interaction and relationships in the...
4th - 12th English Language Arts
Wagons Ho! Hard Times! Hard Choices!
You have just hit the lesson plan jackpot! This isn't just a lesson, it's a ten-day unit covering westward expansion, pioneer life, and the Oregon Trail. Activities include baking, model building, role-play, newspaper writing, science...
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
The Greatest Educational Change America Has Ever Seen
Here is one of the best resources I've come across in quite a while. It's a series of six lesson plans produced by the US Government that have to do with the State Quarters. The titles of the six lessons are: Double Your Money!, How...
4th - 6th English Language Arts
Doing Our Share Lesson 1: Michigan History of Philanthropy
Students 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...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History