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Educational resources for use in the classroom and at home, available any time.
Find educational resources and classroom activities for use before and after a Museum field trip in the file below. If you plan to visit the Erie Canal Museum online or in person, we suggest you download and use this helpful document!
Downloadable coloring sheets
Download and print our coloring sheets for your students or family. Each sheet includes interesting facts about the Erie Canal. Click the link below to access these activity sheets.
Virtual tour of the Erie Canal Museum
Click the image below to take an eight-minute guided tour of the Erie Canal Museum. Check our YouTube channel in the coming weeks for more educational videos!
Student projects: The Erie Canal and the Industrial Revolution
Click this link for two pages of student activities related to the Erie Canal and the Industrial Revolution. These activities are appropriate for any student who has studied or is studying the Canal’s economic and political origins, its construction, its impact on society, and its connection to the Industrial Revolution. We are very grateful to Rebecca Stephens, a seventh-grade social studies teacher in the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District near Syracuse, New York, for developing and sharing these activities. Ms. Stephens developed them over the past several years as part of an innovative and engaging week-long Erie Canal unit. She serves on the Erie Canal Museum’s Teacher Advisory Board, and has also lent her expertise to Mount Vernon and the National Constitution Center.
The Transforming Effects of the Erie Canal: A Virtual Lesson
Museum Educator Derrick Pratt created this lesson using primary documents from the digital collections of the Erie Canal Museum and the Canal Society of New York. The lesson includes links to nine documents and a set of questions about each. Students may download the question sheet as a PDF or Word document. Each document number is a link to the document and information about it. The lesson also includes an essay question and some helpful websites.
More activities and lesson plans will be added to this page soon, so be sure to check back often!