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Activities about New York  

1. Multi-Disciplinary........ Same old, same old. You know where I always recommend that your first step should be. Yep, as always, begin searching for any subject at, closely followed by

2. History ....... The first lesson you need to do while studying this corner of the globe is the Erie Canal. At least, that's my biased opinion. On a website by Monroe Fordham, this activity on the canal is for Middle School Students. The Library of Congress offers lessons on Marco Paul's (not Polo's) Travels on the Erie Canal.

3. Geography .......Hand in hand with the Erie Canal was the Hudson River, leading directly to New York City. The Hudson River Valley Institute provides lessons and information about this gateway to the American West.

4. Geography .......Since it is a great place to discover, check out Discovery Education's plans for A Geological Wonder: Niagara Falls. And, if you need a little more color in your activity, count on Crayola for Noteworthy Niagara Falls.

5. Current Events ....... I personally love to tie Current Events into an awareness of Geography around the globe. Using news articles, the New York Times has developed lesson plans to springboard into a variety of topics.

6. Science ....... I don't think there are any volcanoes in the area, and I hope there will be no earthquakes. However, inspired by Sylvester Graham who developed the flour used in Graham crackers, this lesson on Yahoo! Voices by Linda Louise Johnson helps students create volcanoes and earthquakes with Graham crackers.

7. Science ....... Now, if you study Graham crackers, you also need to study marshmallows which were first mass produced by Joseph Demerath in Rochester, N.Y. in 1895. There is a wealth of activities available on the Internet, but I liked Marshmallow Towers by Lucie Guo and Aaron Goldin on Science Days.

8. Science ....... It might be on the Science for O H I O website, but Jello was created in New York in 1897. Since it required refrigeration, it was a dessert for the rich. Now, of course, anyone can have it. And, like the students in this activity, you too might ask, "What's the matter with my Jell-O?"

9. History ....... One of Rochester's famous citizens was Frederick Douglass who helped Harriet Tubman with the Underground Railroad. You can learn more about Douglass with this lesson on Teacherlink by Kimberly Forman.

10. Art ....... Throughout the subways of New York City are some beautiful mosaics. And, mosaics happen to be one of my favorite art activities. However, they are only for the patient and precise amoung us. If that's you, you may like the mosaic projects I have done with students using recycled paper and paper maché.

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