Teaching the Hudson Valley

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Pre-Test & Discussion

Unit: Colonial Albany: Everyday Evidence

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Destination

Albany Institute of History & Art

County

Albany

Subject:

Social Studies

Grade:

7th Grade

Summary


Administer the pre-test and discuss the essential question for the unit, "What do you know about life in Albany 200 years ago?" Structure this initial discussion to help you learn about student's prior knowledge. Use the discussion and pre-test results to guide what you emphasize in future lessons. Subsequent lessons in this unit use primary source materials to help students develop their critical and visual thinking skills.

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Newspaper Analysis

Unit: Colonial Albany: Everyday Evidence

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Destination

Albany Institute of History & Art

County

Albany

Subject:

Social Studies

Grade:

7th Grade

Summary

Examining historic records, in this case a 1798 newspaper, offer students a different, sometimes clearer, understanding of specific periods of time. This lesson gives students a glimpse into what was important to the people of Albany 200 years ago. Two Albany newspapers from the collections of the Albany Institute of History & Art Library are analyzed for important events and advertisements.

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People of Colonial Albany Live Here, Web Search

Unit: Colonial Albany: Everyday Evidence

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Destination

Albany Institute of History & Art

County

Albany

Subject:

Social Studies

Grade:

7th Grade

Summary

This is the second pre-visit lesson before visiting the Albany Institute and Schuyler Mansion. Designed to help students get to know actual people who lived in Albany 200 years ago, this lesson will five students a better understanding of everyday life. The lesson uses a web site dedicated to colonial Albany. The study of specific Albany residents includes birth and death records, employment, family size, neighborhoods, and similar everyday household information.

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Albany Institute & Schuyler Mansion Trips

Unit: Colonial Albany: Everyday Evidence

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Destination

Albany Institute of History & Art

County

Albany

Subject:

Social Studies

Grade:

7th Grade

Summary

Visits to two different sites familiarize students with the life and culture of those who lived in Albany at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th. Activities specific to each site are completed during the visit.

Teachers and museum educators are increasingly challenged in their efforts to engage middle school students in the study of Albany's past. Strategies that worked for prior generations falter when students saturated with rapid image feeds and technology centered learning.

When we can answer the question, "Is that the real one?" with "Yes," the level of engagement rapidly rises and learning begins. Learning from authentic objects in a museum setting can easily compete with reproductions, re-enactments, and digital recreations. This program engages students, promotes learning, and increases awareness of and visits to historic sites.

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Descriptive Narrative, Post-visit Lesson

Unit: Colonial Albany: Everyday Evidence

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Destination

Albany Institute of History & Art

County

Albany

Subject:

Social Studies

Grade:

7th Grade

Summary

Students write a descriptive narrative essay on an important person, place, or object they learned about while visiting The Albany Institute of History & Art, the Schuyler Mansion Historical Site, or The People of Colonial Albany Live Here web site.

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Post Test & Discussion

Unit: Colonial Albany: Everyday Evidence

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Destination

Albany Institute of History & Art

County

Albany

Subject:

Social Studies

Grade:

7th Grade

Summary


This is the closing analysis for the unit, Everyday Evidence. Students retake the test they took at the beginning of the unit and compare prior and acquired knowledge of life in Albany some 200 years ago.

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Images & Themes from the Hudson

Unit: Full Steam Ahead: Robert Fulton & the Age of Steam Boating

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325

Destination

Albany Institute of History & Art

County

Albany

Subject:

Arts,English/Language Arts,Math,Social Studies,Science,Technical Education

Grade:

5th Grade

Summary

Students use images attached here to investigate primary sources and answer questions about culture, art and literature, transportation, commerce, ecology, recreation, and tourism.

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Preparing to Paint the Hudson Valley

Unit: Full Steam Ahead: Robert Fulton & the Age of Steam Boating

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Destination

Albany Institute of History & Art

County

Albany

Subject:

Arts,Social Studies,Science

Grade:

3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade

Summary

This lesson builds on what students already know about the Hudson Valley and provides some art basics to help them prepare to paint a mural featuring flora and fauna, various types of river transportation, and/or other subjects of interest related to the region.

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Pollution in the Hudson Valley

Unit: Full Steam Ahead: Robert Fulton & the Age of Steam Boating

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371

Destination

Albany Institute of History & Art

County

Albany

Subject:

Arts,English/Language Arts,Math,Social Studies,Science

Grade:

5th Grade

Summary


Students conduct web-based research to discover how pollution affects the Hudson Valley, how scientists and activists help us become aware of the problem, and how we can all work together to reverse negative effects of industrialization on our environment. Students also create a visual art project to show what they have learned.

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What is Steam Power?

Unit: Full Steam Ahead: Robert Fulton & the Age of Steam Boating

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333

Destination

Albany Institute of History & Art

County

Albany

Subject:

Social Studies,Science

Grade:

5th Grade

Summary

Students discuss steam power -- its advantages and the way it works. In our program, this lesson was conducted before students visited the Albany Institute.

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Travel Postcard

Unit: Full Steam Ahead: Robert Fulton & the Age of Steam Boating

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Destination

Albany Institute of History & Art

County

Albany

Subject:

Arts,Social Studies

Grade:

3rd Grade,4th Grade,5th Grade

Summary

This activity can be adapted for use with many topics although it was developed in conjunction with Full Steam Ahead: Robert Fulton and the Age of Steamboating at the Albany Institute of History & Art. Students, teachers, and museum staff discussed steamboats, New York society, and travel on the Hudson River before students created postcards.

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Connecting Hudson River Art & History

Unit: Full Steam Ahead: Robert Fulton & the Age of Steam Boating

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Destination

Albany Institute of History & Art

County

Albany

Subject:

Arts

Grade:

5th Grade

Summary

Students view and analyze a series of Hudson River images (attached here) from the Albany Institute of History and Art. To help students make connections between art and history and their effect each other, teachers use a series of constructed response questions.

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