4.3 - Colonial and Revolutionary Period in NY

Erie: The Canal That Made America (2017)

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The Erie Canal, one of the earliest transcendent tales of the American experience, became the nation's first great technical innovation and a gateway to prominence.
This documentary by the Syracuse PBS station, WCNY Connected, marks the bicentennial of the start of construction of the Erie Canal.

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0:55
Erie: The Canal That Made America

What do you know about the American Revolution?

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Uses a question and answer format to teach young readers about the American Revolution, its root causes, and about the soldiers, George Washington, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Also contains information on the Declaration of Independence and the American government which followed.

What do you know about the American Revolution?

What do you know about colonial America?

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Presents an introduction to life in Colonial America in a question-and-answer format. Includes twenty questions such as "Why are we going to this strange place," "Are you sure this is how to grow this," and "Is it true we are not colonies anymore?"

What do you know about colonial America?

American Archaeology Uncovers the Dutch Colonies

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American archaeologists uncover important information about English immigrants who settled on the eastern coastline of North American during the colonial period. Among these colonies was the well-known settlement of Jamestown which grew in "fits and starts," and produced evidence of Native American trading. Archaeologists also learned about the kind of shelters which were built, the food which was eaten, and the goods which were purchased.

American Archaeology Uncovers the Dutch Colonies

The Colony of New York

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New York played an important part in America's fight for independence. New York City even served as the first capital of the United States! Readers explore the history of New York from its discovery by Europeans and its colonization by both the Dutch and British through its role in the American Revolution and the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Important social studies curriculum topics are presented in an accessible manner, alongside full-color photographs and historical primary sources chosen to give readers a clear picture of what life was like in New York during colonial times.

The Colony of New York

Enchanted Learning Explorers Page

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Find explorers by name, age, and geographic region. Includes route maps as well.

The Dutch & New Amsterdam (1999)

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These engaging presentations view the traditions of early colonial life through contemporary insights into the men, women and children who carried their dreams of a new life to the New World. Follow along as colonial life experts tour the modern-day sites of these settlements to learn the history of the people who settled them and discover what daily life was really like.

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Elementary
Middle
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00:23
The Dutch & New Amsterdam

About Face: Copley's Portrait of a Colonial Silversmith

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Curriculum ideas centered around the Portrait of a Colonial Silversmith by John Singleton Copley, housed at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. Teachers will have to wade through some repetitive info and the occasional broken link to find useful ideas, but the concept fits perfectly within the 4th grade Interdependent Roles in Colonial Times Module.

Music of the American Colonies

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"A fine sampling of the diverse musical traditions found in the American colonies." — John D. Barrows, manager of music and dance, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

1.   One Misty Moisty Morning (4:09)
       vocals, baroque guitar, whistle, violin, hammered dulcimer

2.   A Tobacco Song (1:57)
       vocal, hammered dulcimer

3.   Gathering Peascods (2:09)
       violin, whistle, hammered dulcimer, baroque guitar

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