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In-Classroom

Program Listing

 

4th, 5th & 7th Grade

 

People, Lakes & Land: The Geography of New York State

 

This hands-on activity presentation introduces students to the natural features of New York and the concept natural versus

man-made borders. The class will label the various features in their own packets that they can keep  for future reference.

 

Learning Standard: #3

Theme: GEO

* Student work packet included.

 

Wigwams & Longhouses: The Native People of New York State

 

Students will learn about the Native People that occupied New York State before the arrival of the Europeans. They will learn about the differences, as well as similarities, between the Iroquois and Algonquian groups and how they used the environment for survival.

 

Learning Standards: #1,3,5

Themes: ID,MOV,GEO,GOV

* Student work packet included.

 

Exploration & Discovery: The Explorers of New York State

 

The program focuses on the explorers that came to New York that led to its European settlement. Students will learn about Samuel de Champlain, Henry Hudson and others within the context of the Age of Exploration.

 

Learning Standards: #1,3, 4

Themes: MOV,TCC,GEO,SOC,GOV

* Student work packet included.

 

Cookies, Crullers & Kills: The Dutch Culture in Colonial New York

 

Students will be introduced to the Dutch fur trade and settlement of New York. The Dutch culture will be emphasized in the communities that eventually became New York, Albany and Schenectady.

 

Learning Standards: #1,3,4

Themes: MOV,TCC,GEO,GOV

* Object Oriented Program

 

From Beaver Furs to Bakers: The Growth of Colonial New York

 

Students will learn about the growth of the New York colony from the Dutch period to the years prior to the American Revolution. Various ethnic groups, their communities and their occupations will be the primary focus of the program.

 

Learning Standards: #1,3,4

Themes: MOV,TCC,GEO,SOC,GOV

* Student work packet included

 

The Struggle for North America: The Colonial Wars between the French & English in America

 

The competition between the French and English over control of New York will be the primary focus of the presentation. The role of the Native People on both sides will be a significant aspect of the program.

 

Learning Standards: #1,3,4

Themes: MOV,TCC,GEO,SOC,GOV

* Student work packet included

 

Lancets & Leeches: Medicine & Sickness in Colonial America

 

Students will be introduced to the actual cause of disease by learning about the "believed" causes and cures during the time of George & Martha Washington. The will learn about the use of herbs, pill-making and bloodletting.

 

Learning Standards: #1

Themes: TCC,GEO

* Object Oriented Program

 

Patriots in the Wilderness: The American Revolution in New York

 

This program examines the local patriots and loyalists in New York at the outbreak of the revolution. Special emphasis will be on the causes of the war and some of the major events.

 

Learning Standards: # 1,3,4

Themes: MOV,TCC,GEO,SOC,GOV

* Student work packet included

West to Genesee Country: The Westward Movement in NYS, 1800-1860

"West to Genesee Country" helps students learn about the mass migration into central and western New York in the first half of the 1800s. The programs looks at the improvement in transportation (turnpikes, canals and railroads) that led to the population growth of the Empire State, especially west of Syracuse. 

Learning Standards: #1,3,4

Themes: MOV, TCC, GEO,ECO, TECH

*Studnet work packets included

Towpath to the West: The Erie Canal in New York State

 

The focus of the program is to help students learn about the challenges in building the Erie Canal and the canal's role in the development of New York State.

 

Learning Standards: #1,3,4

Themes: MOV,TCC,GEO,ECO,TECH

* Student work packet included

 

Looms & Labor: The Industrial Revolution in New York State

 

Students will learn about the growth of industry in New York State after its initial development in Lowell, Massachusetts. The different industries in the state and the experience of the  workers will be a  primary focus of the program. 

 

Learning Standards: #1,3,4

Themes: MOV,TCC,GEO,ECO,TECH

* Student work packet included

 

Pioneers! O Pioneers! Westward Migration in America

 

The focus of the program is on the expansion of the United States and the migration along the Oregon and California Trails.

 

Learning Standards: #1,3,4

Themes: MOV,TCC,GEO,ECO, GOV,CIV

* Student work packet included

 

Immigrant Seeds in America: New York's Immigrant Experience, 1820-1920.

 

The program focuses on the major immigrant groups that arrived in New York during the 19th and first quarter of the 20th centuries. The experiences of the immigrants and aspects of their culture that took root in America will be part of the presentation.

 

Learning Standards: #1,3,4,5

Themes: MOV, TCC, GEO,ECO, EXCH

* Student work packet included

 

 

Swiftness of thy Course: The Underground Railroad in New York State

 

Students will learn about New York's role in the Underground Railroad. Focus will be on the runaways, the various routes, the Upstate New York communities, and the people who assisted them in their pursuit of freedom.

 

Learning Standards: #1,5

Themes: ID,TCC,GEO,SOC,CIV

* Student work packet included

 

Excelsior!: State and Local Government in New York

 

This program assists students in learning about the three branches of government in New York. Focus will be placed on the NYS Seal, importance of voting, and how bills become law in Albany .

 

Learning Standards: #1,5

Themes: GOV,CIV

* Student work packet included

 

The Blessings of Liberty: The Constitutional Convention and the Ratification of the US Constitution

 

The program examines the different ideas discussed at the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, the great Compromise and the Constitution's ratification. Emphasis will be placed on New York's role as the 11th state to ratify in Poughkeepsie.

 

Learning Standards: #1,5

Themes: GOV,CIV

* Student work packet included

 

 

Consent of the People: The US Federal Government

 

Students will learn about the Preamble and the seven Articles to the US Constitution. Focus will be on the concepts of checks & balances, and separation of powers. 

 

Learning Standards: #1,5

Themes: GOV,CIV

* Student work packet included

 

Union Forever!: The Causes of the American Civil War

 

The program will examine the growing antislavery movement in the Northern states and the conflict over slavery. The primary focus will be on the increasing tension between the states in the 1850s.

 

Learning Standards: #1,5

Themes: MOV,ECO,TCC,GEO,SOC,CIV

* Student work packet included

 

1861: The Year of Southern Sucession

 

The focus of the program is on the Election of 1860 and the successionist movement as Abraham Lincoln became president. An emphasis will be on Lincoln's decisions leading up to the firing on Fort Sumter.

 

Learning Standards: #1,5

Themes: MOV,ECO,TCC,GEO,SOC,CIV

* Student work packet included

 

Battle Cry of Freedom: The American Civil War

 

The program looks at the upstate New York regiments and their role in some of the major battles in the Eastern Theater. Period music will be used as part of presentation.

 

Learning Standards: #1,5

Themes: MOV,ECO,TCC,GEO,SOC,CIV

* Student work packet included

 

6th Grade

 

 

The Great Mortality: The Bubonic Plague in 14th Century Europe

 

Students will learn about the medical beliefs, cures and the Bubonic Plague that stuck Europe in 1347. An emphasis will be on the primary sources and Plague's impact of Europe's population.

 

 

Learning Standards: #1,5

Themes: GEO,GOV,CIV

* Student work packet included

 

 

 

7th Grade

 

Note: If interested in any of the above 4th Grade programs, they can be converted to a 7th grade 40 minute version.

 

Cookies, Crullers & Kills: The Dutch Culture in Colonial New York

(7th Grade version)

 

Students will be introduced to the Dutch founding of New Netherland fur trade and settlement of New York. The Dutch culture will be emphasized in the communities that eventually became New York, Albany and Schenectady.

 

Learning Standards: #1,3,4

Themes: MOV,TCC,GEO,GOV

* Object Oriented Program

 

Illnesses & Inoculations: Disease and Medicine of Colonial America

 

The program focuses on the "believed" cause of disease in Colonial American, medical treatments and major epidemics in the merican colonies.

 

Learning Standards: #1

Themes: TCC,GEO

* Object Oriented Program

 

Smallpox: The  Sourge of Colonial America

 

The program examines the deadliest disease in the American colonies during the 1700s. The affect of the smallpox virus on the colonists,the Native People, the Continental Army and the use of inoculations will be the primary focus.

 

Learning Standards: #1

Themes: TCC,GEO