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Please note that with regard to lesson plans dealing with anthropology, archaeology, indigenous people, ancient civilizations, history, etc, there may be some cross-over and blurring of lines between the topics.  For example, a lesson plan dealing with archaeology is automatically dealing with an anthropological subject.  A lesson plan dealing with indigenous people is also automatically dealing with anthropology and any of them may, or may not, be dealing with history or ancient civilizations.  While every attempt will be made to keep the topic lines as 'clean' as possible, be aware this may not always be possible.

Appropriate grade or age levels are included with the lesson plans.

The number of lesson plans available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all lesson resources. That would be impossible, as sites appear and disappear with astonishing rapidity.  The following provides some idea of what is available and will hopefully be a good starting point.

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This page is a supplement to New York Social Studies where you will find additional material including history, colleges and universities, capital city profile, lesson plans, state government and more.


*While many lesson plan sites have a subscription fee or otherwise sell their lesson plans (that is an additional feature of some of the sites found here)  all lesson plans and collections of lesson plans listed here are free.


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Big Apple History . Lesson Plans . Plan a Park __ "This activity uses the vision, planning, and building of New York City's Central Park in the mid-19th century as a jumping-off point for students to think about designing and, perhaps, creating their own public park or space."  Goals, procedure and materials. - From pbskids.org - http://pbskids.org/bigapplehistory/parentsteachers/building_lesson3.html

BlackDog's United States of America Coloring Book - New York __ The youngest of students can have fun coloring a map of their state along with learning some interesting things about it. You will find a print out for this classroom activity. - From blackdog.net - http://www.blackdog.net/refrigerator/coloringbook/usa/new_york.html 

Eat Your State! Social Studies Lesson Plan... __ Students make an "edible" map of their state and its resources.  When the lesson is over, let 'em munch away at their efforts. - From lessonplanspage.com - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSEatYourState-StateNaturalResourcesIdea24.htm 

The Erie Canal __ Students use a printable graphic organizer to analyze a primary source song and journal to understand the effects of the Erie Canal on the New York community.  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - from eduplace.com - http://www.eduplace.com/ss/hmss/8/unit/act4.1.html 

First Lady of the World: Eleanor Roosevelt at Val-Kill __ "Use this classroom-ready lesson plan to examine how Eleanor Roosevelt's activities at home reflected her interest in humanitarianism."  goals, procedure and materials. - From National Park Service - http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/26roosevelt/26roosevelt.htm 

Harlem Renaissance __ Life in Harlem during the 20s and 30s observed through pictures and text. Study why African Americans settled in Harlem. - goals, procedure and materials. - From edc.org - http://www.edc.org/CCT/NDL/1999/lessons/teams/20/trial.htm 

Hudson River Lesson Plans __ Lots of resources and collections of lesson plans using the Hudson River as a lesson plan basis for language, math, science, social studies and more. - From ny.gov - http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/25386.html


KidZone Geography - United States Printables for various State Emblems: __ You will find class activity material for your state as well as all the others.  These activities are for the earliest grade levels. - From kidzone - http://www.kidzone.ws/geography/usa/index.htm 

Knowing Where You Are __ "Students research place names in their state and discover and analyze the varied sources of these place names." Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduplace.com - http://www.eduplace.com/ss/act/knowing.html 

Lesson Plans - Make State Maps With MapMachine __ A lesson that can be made New York specific.  "This lesson asks students to compare and contrast their state with another one using observations they make from National Geographic's MapMachine. They'll look at their own state's maps as the teacher creates them for the class, and they'll make their own maps of another state of their choice. They'll list their observations of the two states' maps then write paragraphs comparing and contrasting what they've seen." - Goals, procedure - From nationalgeographic.com - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/03/g35/exploremaps.html 

Let Me Tell You About My State! __ "The purpose of this activity is to develop an awareness of the concepts of the United States through the Amateur Radio communication services. It provides an opportunity for the students to verbally interact information about their state. Comparing and collecting data about different cultures, current events, geography, history, government, natural resources, and climate conditions are examples of shared data. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with another student operator to exchange information. Verbal questioning skills, critical thinking skills and the growth of writing skills will be enhanced. Through sharing of information about ones' state, published reports will be written from the acquired data."  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/bz9ou 


Mini Study of a State __ The students will learn to do research while comparing your state with one of the states of the U.S. They will be graded on information, drawing and art work, spelling and punctuation and neatness.  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8y9ks

National Parks of New York Harbor - Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides __ General overview of the parks and a handful of free lesson plans. - illustrated - From nps.gov - http://www.nps.gov/npnh/forteachers/lessonplansandteacherguides.htm  

New York Index - Are We There Yet? __ If field trips are a part of your "classroom activities" here is an index of such trips for your state. - From fieldtrip.com - http://www.fieldtrip.com/ny/index.html

New York Printables and Worksheets __ Printables and worksheets for teaching about the state of New York. - From apples4theteacher.com - http://www.apples4theteacher.com/usa-states/new-york/printables/   

New York State Flag __ While not a lesson plan 'per se,'  it would be an excellent basis for one to teach younger students about your state flag with descriptions, history, and much more. - From allstates-flag.com - http://allstates-flag.com/fotw/flags/us-ny.html 

New York State Study Unit __ These state unit studies are designed to help children learn the geography of the United States and learn factual information about every state. These studies are great for children in the public and private education system as well as homeschooled children." You will find lessons, printables, activities, quizzes, maps, fun facts, and many other classroom activity items. - From About.com - http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjgeog/a/susny.htm 


New York – A State Unit Study __ "This mini unit on NEW YORK uses the cross curricular approach to education. There are several activities from different academic subjects for you to choose from. One of the most important things is to have fun! [Note: This unit focuses on New York as a whole, not on the 9/11 tragedy that occurred there. You can decide for yourself whether to include related information on that topic or not, depending on your children’s age and family circumstance.]" - From easyfunschool.com - http://www.easyfunschool.com/article2193.html 

New York Word Search __ Students find names of this state's cities on a printable puzzle - From thepotters.com - http://www.thepotters.com/puzzles/newyork.html

Redisovering New York History and Culture __ "Here you can explore how other teachers and students have incorporated historical records into their lesson plans, classroom activities, document based questions, and student projects. "  Lesson plans, resources and more. - From archives.nysed.gov - http://www.archives.nysed.gov/r/otherpeople/otherpeople_inclassroom.shtml  


State Reports __ Students will use different types of resources (computer software, research books, etc.) to find the climate, landforms, natural resources, government officials, etc. of a specific state.  In this case, yours.  Goals, procedure and materials. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8alyq

Statue of Liberty - eThemes __  You will find timelines, lesson plans, a quiz, a video clip, and a virtual tour. - From missouri.edu - http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/285

Underground Rails: The New York City Subway System __ A lesson plan with clickable weblinks to learn about the ways the New York City subways link people and places. - Goals, procedure and needed materials. - From education-world.com - http://www.education-world.com/a_tsl/archives/00-1/lesson0022.shtml  

Virtual Field Trips and State Resources - New York __ As a class activity you can take any of a series of virtual online field trips around the state.  Some of these "trips" also have lesson plans which may be ordered, others are free. - from Macmillan/McGraw-Hill - http://tinyurl.com/al4bn 


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