Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Educational Materials Available to Help Students Learn about the Erie Canal

Document-Based Questions meet State Standards for Fourth Grade

WATERFORD, NY (September 16, 2014) Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in collaboration with the Albany Institute of History & Art, has just released new document-based questions (DBQs) on the Erie Canal for use by fourth grade students. Nine worksheets that draw upon resources of Albany Institute’s collections and library are available for teachers and other educators online at www.eriecanalway.org/learn_teachers.htm.

“The new materials make learning about the Erie Canal both relevant and engaging for students,” said Bob Radliff, Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. “Photos, maps, paintings, and objects from the past and present bring to life the stories and impact of the Erie Canal.”

DBQs asks students to read and analyze historical records, gather information and fill in short response questions. Staff from the Albany Institute of History & Art drew upon the New York State Education Department’s Social Studies Framework and Common Core curriculum guidelines in English language arts and math for fourth grade to ensure that the worksheets are relevant to what is being taught in the classroom.

“The Albany Institute’s collections have many stories to tell,” said Erika Sanger, Director of Education. “We are proud to partner with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to connect with teachers and students who can’t always travel to our site.”

The worksheets can be used as preparation or follow up for field trips or as standalone learning materials. Erie Canalway also offers a 
Ticket to Ride Programfor schools to connect students with the canal. The program covers transportation and educational programming expenses so that schools can visit designated museums and historic sites located throughout the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

To access the new educational materials, as well as links to other curriculum resources, visit the 
Learn/For Teachers section of the Erie Canalway website. (http://www.eriecanalway.org/learn_teachers.htm 

Funding for this project was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

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