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Along the Hudson

This web site is designed to enhance the 4th grade Social Studies curriculum, which focuses on the rich history and life in New York State. To make this more manageable considering the wealth of information available, I narrowed the focus to one question...

How does the Hudson River show
the changes in New York State history?

Click on this image to see a real view of the Hudson.


The Big Map of The Hudson River: Map your course along the Hudson!
The Hudson River: General site explaining the environment of the river.
Sites along the River: Easy and beautiful way to view major landmarks. Child friendly!!

Basic History/Statistics...
  State Statistics:
        New York State Info: Any State Statistics you could ever want!

        NY State Facts for Kids: Includes all the basics as well as coloring pages. Child friendly!!

    General History Sites:
        New York History Net Home: Incredibly informative with tons of materials.
        Riverkeeper Hudson History: This History follows the river exactly. Child friendly!!
    Specific Spots:
        New York: A Documentary Film Online: A PBS Documentary on NYC --Must see!!
        Indian Tribes of the Hudson River: Overview with links to specific tribes.
        The Big Apple Journal for Kids: Newsletter JUST FOR KIDS about NYC 100 years ago
        Staten Island Live: Skyline Cam: Look ...  it's NYC!! Child friendly!!

        Hudson River Species: Don't you want to know what's in the Hudson?? Child friendly!!
        Hudsonwatch: Look what they've done to clean up the water.
        Environmental Defense: Composting: Join children in Harlem help the environment.
        Hermus Fine Arts: Learn about the Hudson River School of Art.
        Index of Hudson River Artists: The landscapes will WOW you!!

Primary Sources...
The New York State Archives Home Page: Pick a source, any source!

New York Maps: Includes, state, city, and historical maps -- beautiful graphics. Child friendly!!
New York State Maps: More state maps.
Hudson Valley Ruins: Photographs along the river of the results of history. Child friendly!!



Teaching Resources...
    Field Trips:
        Sites along the Hudson : Looking for a field trip?? Here's the site!!
        Kid City New York: NYC 100 years ago... who could resist?? Highly Recommended
        Clearwater Sloop: Environmental trip down the Hudson. Highly Recommended
        The Hudson River Museum: Information about the museum and programs.
        NCSS Awards and Grants : Social studies grants
    Black line Masters and Lesson Plans:
        Four Lesson Ideas: All Hudson River oriented.

        NY State map -- includes counties -- available in small with coloring and large
        NY State Seal: Coloring page complete with explanation.
        City/Country Coloring Page : Shows the differences in landscape along the Hudson.

    Collaborative Projects:
        "Cyber Quilt" of Stories: LIMITED TIME OFFER!!! Students will share their first hand
          experiences, or those of family members, relating to their experience of coming to New
          York State as an immigrant from another country.
          Register via email (subject: Heritage Quilt) by October 15, 2000.

Recommended Books...
All of these titles link you to -- purchase or read reviews!

A River Ran Wild: An Environmental History: From the author of The Great Kapok Tree.
A Picnic in October: Touching story about a boy learning about immigration.

Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors: Excellent intro to Genealogy.
Skywoman : Legends of the Iroquois: Many stories with gorgeous pictures.

Little Firefly : An Algonquian Legend : A legend from the banks of the Hudson.

Places for Children to Publish...
ZuZu: Publish art, stories, and contribute to a New York neighborhood watch! Child friendly!!
Environmental Art and Poetry Gallery : Beautiful site for publishing and viewing. Child friendly!!

Gretchen Scheldorf
4th Grade Teacher
CES 218x -- Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School