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First Grade: How have families and communities changed over time?
After two skill-building sessions that teach students how to learn about the past by studying objects and works of art, students will embark on a journey through three centuries of New York City history.
They will meet three families—the Beekman Family of the 1760s, the Lyons Family of the 1860s, and the Harris Family of the 1940s—and work in small groups examining primary sources to learn what life was like for each family at home and in their community at large. At the end of the series, students will make a book that demonstrates what they learned about how families and communities change over time.
- Session 1: Learning History with Objects
- Session 2: Learning History with Images
- Session 3: 18th-century Families
- Session 4: 18th-century Communities
- Session 5: 19th-century Families
- Session 6: 19th-century Communities
- Session 7: 20th-century Families
- Session 8: 20th-century Communities
- Session 9: Culmination – Change Over Time
The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems
We are delighted to offer a one-off program that brings Mo Willems’ creative genius straight to your classroom! Our innovative and hands-on program will take your students’ love of all-things-Mo to the next level by teaching them how the simplest shapes and lines can convey robust characters, emotive stories, and much more!