New York City 1609 and 1755

NYC in 1609: Amazing project called Welikia–recreating what Manhattan looked like as a habitat in 1609 and related National Geographic article and interactive map.

Great article on using primary sources with all grade levels

NYC in 1755

List of questions about the 1755 Plan of the City of New York

What is a map?
What dates are on the map?
What places does it show?
What on the map looks unfamiliar?
What is the scale of the map?
Is the name of the mapmaker on the map?
Is there a title on the map?
Describe the legend of the map. What was important to the colonists?
For what reason was this map created? What evidence do we have for that?
Who do you think was the audience for this map?
How does it compare with current maps of this place?
What does this map tell you about the people who lived there?

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6th graders go on a Race through the Eastern Hemisphere

Welcome to the race! Last year’s 6th grade students added fun tasks to the push pins on each country they studied. These tasks are windows into the economics, culture, geography, history, and government of that country. Click on the push pins to preview the questions!

Here is how you play: Start from Southeast and move through each push pinned country to the Northwest. Contestants will have to answer one of the questions written on the pushpins (extra credit if you upload your answer to the map). For each answer, you also must add the link to where you got that information. This way we know you are giving credit to your sources and didn’t just make it up!

For example, if the clue is, “Go to the building where the Head of State lives and knock on the door. Try to sell a copy of your latest essay,” the contestant will have to find a photo of that building and save it in a powerpoint as well as the link to that photo. In other words, you create a slide (with the country name as the title) with your answer and the source of your answer. Remember: If you upload your answers (usually pictures and hyperlinks) to the GoogleMap, you get an extra point.

The first team to complete the race with accurate responses and links wins! Each extra point means you get to skip the next country.

This is a great way to get really good at creating keyword searches or MORE THAN ONE SEARCH TERM, and that gets results fast!

Have fun!