Teaching the Hudson Valley

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Stone Barns Center: Pre-Visit

Unit: Agriculture in the Valley for Grades 3-6

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Destination

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

County

Westchester

Subject:

English/Language Arts,Math,Social Studies,Science

Grade:

3rd Grade,4th Grade

Summary

This lesson should be taught before students visit the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. Students get an introduction to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and learn how agriculture affects the economy and the environment, as well as how factors such as geography affect agriculture.

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Stone Barns Center Visit

Unit: A Deeper Shade of Green

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498

Destination

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

County

Westchester

Subject:

Math,Physical Education/Health,Social Studies,Science,Technical Education

Grade:

12th Grade

Summary

This lesson is the second site visit in the unit, A Deeper Shade of Green. It can be taught independently or as part of a sequence. Students visit the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and learn how food travels from farm to plate.

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What is Making Us Sick?

Unit: A Deeper Shade of Green

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508

Destination

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

County

Westchester

Subject:

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

Grade:

12th Grade

Summary

Students learn about the risks and benefits of agricultural chemicals and then debate them. This lesson can be taught independently or as part of a sequence. We used it as the third lesson after visiting Phillies Bridge Farm in Ulster County and the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Westchester County, but you can find a farm near you at www.foodandfarm.org.

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Land Use Planning Game

Unit: Cold Spring: Learning Where We Live

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590

Destination

Storm King State Park

County

Orange

Subject:

English/Language Arts,Social Studies

Grade:

6th Grade

Summary

This is the last lesson in the series. Students learn how land use decisions -- especially those affecting development and preservation -- work. They learn that a community can work together to balance human and environmental needs. A Power Point presentation introduces themes. A class discussion, persuasive writing activity, and a role-playing game round out the lesson.

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Day In The Life, Post Visit

Unit: Cold Spring: Learning Where We Live

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577

Destination

West Point Foundry Preserve

County

Putnam

Subject:

English/Language Arts,Social Studies

Grade:

6th Grade

Summary

This is the first lesson to be completed after visiting the West Point Foundry. Students recreate a day in the life of a resident of Cold Spring in the 1800's. They research the period using illustrations, maps, photographs, narratives, secondary sources, and census records from a 'resource box,' generated prior to the lesson. Students condense this information to create a journal depicting a day in the life of a Cold Spring resident.

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Economic Terms

Unit: From Barter to Big Business

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601

Destination

N/A

County

Subject:

English/Language Arts,Social Studies

Grade:

4th Grade

Summary

Students learn the meanings of words related to economics and trade. Then, they make posters depicting one of the words learned. Students also describe their poster and display it as part of this unit's culminating project.

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How to Read a Photograph: Pre-Visit

Unit: From Barter to Big Business

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Destination

Philipsburg Manor Upper Mills

County

Westchester

Subject:

English/Language Arts,Social Studies

Grade:

4th Grade

Summary

The ability to "read" and interpret primary sources can enhance our understanding of history and the work historians do. This lesson uses photographs to help students learn these skills. It can be used to introduce a visit to Philipsburg or Lyndhurst manor or can be taught independently.

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What is History: Philipsburg Manor, Visit 2

Unit: From Barter to Big Business

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636

Destination

Philipsburg Manor

County

Westchester

Subject:

English/Language Arts,Social Studies

Grade:

4th Grade

Summary

Over the last several years, Philipsburg Manor has been reinterpreted from the perspective of the enslaved Africans who made it work. In a second visit to Philipsburg, students can explore what we mean by "history" and how interpretations change over time. They will also seek answers to questions they have developed since the first visit and will take more pictures. It is helpful to do the reading photos lesson in this unit first.

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Life at Lyndhurst, Trip

Unit: From Barter to Big Business

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730

Destination

Lyndhurst

County

Westchester

Subject:

English/Language Arts,Social Studies

Grade:

4th Grade

Summary

This trip is designed to give students an understanding of what life was like at Lyndhurst in the 19th century. Visiting an older manor, such as Philipsburg, allows students to compare and contrast this period with colonial times.

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Upstairs, Downstairs, Lyndhurst Trip 2

Unit: From Barter to Big Business

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726

Destination

Lyndhurst

County

Westchester

Subject:

English/Language Arts,Social Studies

Grade:

4th Grade

Summary

It is difficult for students to understand just what life was like for people of a different time than their own. During this visit to Lyndhurst students are divided into boy and girl groups. These groups are further divided into wealthy and servant groups. Each child experiences the life of wealthy and servant children in a19th century manor.

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Writing What We Learned: Post Visit

Unit: From Barter to Big Business

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755

Destination

Lyndhurst

County

Westchester

Subject:

English/Language Arts,Social Studies

Grade:

4th Grade

Summary

Students write about their visits to Philipsburg and Lyndhurst (see other lessons in this unit) comparing one site to another in a newspaper format. Creating The New York Gazette can be a culminating project for this unit.

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A Mural of the Hudson

Unit: Dancing with the Hudson

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681

Destination

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center (Vassar College)

County

Dutchess

Subject:

Arts,Social Studies

Grade:

6th Grade,7th Grade,8th Grade,9th Grade,10th Grade,11th Grade,12th Grade

Summary

Students work with visiting mural artist Nestor Madalengoitia as a culminating activity for a study of Hudson River School painters.

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