The Farmers' Museum has a history of working closely with its sister institution, the New York State Historical Association, to provide curriculum materials and resources for the classroom. These lessons and activities bring history to life by delivering hands-on and engaging lessons for your students, while meeting New York State learning standards. They introduce students to key themes in
Our Educator Guides provide background information and pre- and post-visit lesson plan ideas and worksheets to supplment our on-site tours and workshops, tying them even more closely with the classroom curriculum.
Our lesson plans offer background and classroom activities on topics in New York State history.
New York State Curricula
We are pleased to be able to offer New York State curriculum packets free of charge to teachers and schools. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the below curricula packets. Classroom sets are available, though the school may have to pay for postage.
New Land...New Beginning...New York: The Story of Immigration in New York
Students familiarize themselves with primary source documents relating to immigration and discover key concepts about the process of immigration. Become aware of the ways of life of American immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore the motivations for immigrating, the experience of immigration, and the maintenance of immigrants' cultural traditions.
The Erie Canal: Impact on Peoples and Cities
Students use information from primary documents to describe the social and economic community in Utica after the opening of the Erie Canal. Learn how the lives of individuals are rooted in specific places and within a specific time frame. Understand the historic development of a canal city and the economic and geographic factors that shape urban growth.
Maps: Understanding Our Place in the World
Students are introduced to geography, become familiar with basic map reading skills, and learn how geography manifests itself in their everyday lives. Students will view a variety of maps, learn to recognize what variable each map is identifying and how to differentiate between types of maps. This curriculum will conclude with a final project in which the students will create a topographical map and a political map of a fictitious town.
Finding a Better Way: Reform Movements of the 19th Century
Students learn about four of the social, political, and cultural developments in 19th-century New York State and the consequences of those developments. Become familiar with some of the participants in these movements, the methods they used to create change, and how and why these changes took place. Explore how these reform movements are an essential part of our culture and society.
Assembling the Future: Twentieth Century Industry in New York State
Students are introduced to 20th century industry in New York State, which was a center of change and commerce and the source of new technologies that created many industries and advanced and complicated others. Understand how four specific industries in New York State have evolved. Recognize the connection between industry and New York State geography, the economy, the arts, and civil liberty.
What Did They Do Before There Was TV: Entertainment in the Age of the Magic Lantern
Students explore the recreational activities in which people participated during the 19th century to balance the rigors of work in their lives. Examine how late 1800s leisure activities reflected prevailing social and cultural attitudes and values. Examine the business skills needed to be an entrepreneur. Analyze the visual impact of and the written words found in various advertising posters.
Community Decision Making: Deciding the Future of Two Historical Buildings
Students gain an understanding of history and the importance of community decision making by studying primary source documents related to the restoration or demolition of historic buildings in Cooperstown, New York. Understand the important decisions made at the local government level regarding historic buildings and the impact that citizen involvement can have on those decisions.