Lesson Plans By Unit

Catskill Heritage Project, Early Grades

Olana Trip

Students learn about Hudson River School painter Frederic Church. Topics include his work and family as well as his home, Olana, and its natural setting.

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Exploring our Past, Connecting our Future, Preserving our Place

Students visit Cohotate Preserve and Historic Catskill Point for a full day. Students learn why the Hudson River is important to Catskill, how it has shaped the community, and how it continues to influence Catskill's development. They learn about river ecology, its benefits to the community, and vice versa. At Catskill Point students learn about commerce, settlement, tourism, and community development. At Cohotate they learn about the elements of the river, explore the shoreline, and examine artifacts including the remains of the old ice houses.

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Our Hudson River Valley: Grade 2 Trip to Cohotate Preserve

During a three-hour trip to Cohotate Preserve, children will gain a greater appreciation and love of our environment. They will learn about the rich cultural and natural history of the region. During this visit the students will experience first hand how the environment affects life in many ways.

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Learning about the Seasons

Students will gain an appreciation of our natural environment as a community that changes through the seasons. An environmental educator from the Cohotate Preserve visits class during the fall/winter and spring/summer. The children use their senses, becoming familiar with some plants and animals in their respective habitats by visiting the school yard and the nature trail at the Cohotate Preserve using their senses.

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