This week, my children and I are studying the Erie Canal and oh my it has just been a JOY to study!
Maybe it’s the addition of Bruce Springsteen that has made this such a fun study? I’m not sure. Keep reading to see how Bruce plays into our Erie Canal study.
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Books We’re Reading to Study The Erie Canal
The spine of this unit study has been The Amazing, Impossible Erie Canal by Cheryl Harness. It is the perfect book for my 6 and 8 year-olds as we learn about the Erie Canal.
The pictures are spectacular and the content is just perfect for this age group. It’s a wonderful account of how “Clinton’s Ditch” was built and the popularity it achieved.
We’re also reading a couple of pages from A History of US: A New Nation 1789-1850.
While this book is a bit too old for my 8-year-old to read alone, it makes for a great read-aloud. There are enough pictures sprinkled throughout to keep my 6 year-old interested and the content is just plain interesting!
The Erie Canal Worksheets for 1st-3rd Graders
This is a 6-page worksheet set to use in conjunction with any Erie Canal Unit Study. In this worksheet set, you’ll find:
→ Copy of the first 2 verses of Low Bridge Everybody Down! Laminate this and use a small poster in your homeschool space, for further copywork, or for memorizing the song.
→ Question & Answer page related to Low Bridge Everybody Down!
→ Word Search
→ The Erie Canal – What Do the Numbers Mean? – Write a few sentences describing how each number or date relates to The Erie Canal
→ Copywork – elementary and plain lines provided
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You Tube Videos on The Erie Canal
By far, my favorite part of this unit study was this rendition of Low Bridge, Everybody Down by Bruce Springsteen. Whether you’re a Springsteen fan or not, the band in this video just rocks.
(As always, use You Tube with your own discretion. I am not responsible for any videos or ads that You Tube might show you.)
This video on How a Canal Lock works was very helpful in visualizing the concept.
Lastly, this video is a time lapse video of several locks along the Erie Canal. Filmed in 2010.
What are your favorite resources for studying The Erie Canal?
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