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Welcome to our Teachers Resource Link page. Teachers from around the
country who participated in the "America's Last Great Canal: How the
I&M Canal United 19th Century America" workshops in 2004 and 2005
(funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities) prepared the
following lesson plans. The lessons have been separated by grade level
and prepared in three different formats for your convenience. For those
of you who use word processing files like Word Perfect, Lotus notes
etc. you can use the Rich Text Format. For those that do not have a
word program or do not want to download anything, just use the HTML
Webpage link and print the lesson plans.

Lessons for K-5   |   Lessons for 6-8   |   Lessons for 9-12

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons for K-5    Back to top
The Last Great American Canal               Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Joan Meehan
Unit/Lesson Title - Canals Across the Curriculum (Day 3 –Math – Money on the Canal)
Intended Grade - Level K/1 Approximate length - 40 minutes
The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Deborah Bleibtreu 
Unit/Lesson Title: Past and Present Transportation – canals
Intended Grade Level: 1st Grade
Approximate length: 3 days

The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Authors: Vicky Garrison, Linda Gift, Jeannette  Napadow , & Joan Meehan
Unit/Lesson Title: Canals Across The Curriculum -  Language Arts
Intended Grade Level K-1
Approximate length  30-45 minutes

The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Kristin Steffy

Unit/Lesson Title: Getting to Know Downers Grove Settlers; Connecting with Our Past
Intended Grade Level: 3rd Grade
Approximate length: Four days
The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Martin J. Clark
Unit/Lesson Title:  Canal Referenced Open Math Questions
Intended Grade Level:  1st through 5th
Approximate length:  20 minutes per question

The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Susan Moretz
Unit/Lesson Title:  Immigrant Children at Work
Intended Grade Level:  4th and 5th (ELL)
Approximate length:  7 classes, 40 minutes long

The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Melanie Campbell
Unit/Lesson Title: If You Didn’t Work on the Illinois & Michigan Canal
Intended Grade Level: Elementary
Approximate length: 2 class periods
The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Cynthia Burns Darling, Linda Forrester Bellizzi, Douglas James Hanson
Unit/Lesson Title: The Illinois & Michigan Canal, I & M Canal Poetry
Intended Grade Level: Middle Elementary
Approximate length: 2 One hour class periods
The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Jane Garrison
Unit/Lesson Title: The Illinois & Michigan Canal Bringing the Canal to Life Through Song
Intended Grade Level: Middle Elementary
Approximate length: 2 One hour class periods
The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Melissa Kozerski
Unit/Lesson Title: How the Illinois & Michigan Canal United 19th Century America
Intended Grade Level: Second Grade
Approximate length: 2 days
The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Claire Frevert
Unit/Lesson Title -- Canals and Locks
Intended Grade Level --fifth grade (could be used for fourth through sixth grades) Approximate length: one class period of 40 minutes
Interpreting Maps                                     Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Rosanne Boyan
Unit/Lesson Title: Finding Your Way Around the I & M Canal
Intended Grade Level: 5-Social Studies Ch.14
Approximate length: 2-3 45 minute periods
The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Authors: Patricia Roszyk and Donna McDonough
Unit/Lesson Title: Multiple Intelligences and The Illinois & Michigan Canal
Intended Grade Level: 3rd
Approximate Length: 2-3 weeks
The Last Great                                           Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Authors: Patricia Roszyk and Donna McDonough
Canal Curriculum Project: Social Studies, Music, Language Arts, Writing, Art
Unit/Lesson Title: Multiple Intelligences and The Illinois & Michigan Canal
Intended Grade Level: 3rd
Approximate Length: 2-3 weeks
The Last Great                                           Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Jane O'Shea
Canal Curriculum Project A Study of the Erie Canal and its impact on NYS
Unit/Lesson Title “Fifteen Days on the Erie Canal”
Intended Grade Level: 4th
Approximate length 3 weeks
The Last Great                                           Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Barbara O. Kelleher
Unit/Lesson Title: Nell’s Story: A Literature-Based Approach to
Teaching About the I&M Canal
Intended Grade Level: 5th
Approximate length: 3 days
Water Pollution and Sanitation
The Last Great American Canal
Authors: Nina Adamczyk and Beth Chinderle
Intended Grade Level: 2nd and 3rd
Length: Two days (35 minutes each)

Water Pollution and Sanitation                  Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Map 1                                                         Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Map 2                                                         Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Map 3                                                         Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Lessons for 6-8    Back to top

The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Matthew Wiers
Unit/Lesson Title:  Transportation’s affect on the Growth of Cities in the U.S.A.
Intended Grade Level:  8th Grade U.S. History
Approximate length:  1-2 days

The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage

Author: Pauline N. Kyros

Curriculum Project: A Study of the Illinois and Michigan Canal
and the I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor

Unit/Lesson Title: “Heritage” – “Hey, That’s the Name of Our School!”

Intended Grade Level: 7th

Approximate length: 1-2 Week

The Last Great Canal                               Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Andrea Perrin
Unit/Lesson Title:  EXPLORING THE I&M CANAL THE CANAL ERA 1790 – 1860
Intended Grade Level: 7th grade social studies – United States History
Approximate Length: 1 - 2 weeks
The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author:  Alice Latham

Unit/Lesson Title: Civil War History Box and Scavenger Hunt
Intended Grade Level: Middle School
Approximate Length:
The Illinois River & I&M Canal                 Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Kathleen Scholten
Unit/Lesson Title: Water, What is it Good For? Absolutely Everything!
Intended Grade Level: 5-6th
Approximate Length: 2-4 days
The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Pamela Taylor and Bill Tilleman
Unit/Lesson Title: Inventions of the 19th Century
Intended Grade Level: 5-8
Approximate Length: 4 weeks
Lessons for 9-12   Back to top
The Last Great Canal                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Kenneth W. Tollett
Unit/Lesson Title: I & M CANAL: TECHNOLOGICAL, ECONOMIC
AND SOCIAL CHANGES
Intended Grade Level: 9th-12th
Approximate Length: 3-5 Days

The Last Great Canal                               Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Patricia Miletich
Unit/Lesson Title  Songs of Protest/Songs of Unity:  1865 to the Present
Intended Grade Level  11th-12th Grades
Approximate length 1-2 class periods and may be extended

The Last Great Canal                               Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author
: Patty Bruce, Carla Morandi
Unit/Lesson Title: Bacteria/ The Spread of Cholera Across the U.S
Intended Grade Level: 9-10
Approximate length: 2-3 days

The Last Great Canal                               Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Author: Scott Herrick
Unit/Lesson Title: The Illinois & Michigan Canal Document Based Question
Intended Grade Level AP history course
Approximate length: 2 One hour class periods
Comparing the Irish I & M Canal               Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Ordeal by Contrasting a Personal
Immigrant Family Experience
Author: Mary Kelly & Luis Meneses
THE LAST GREAT CANAL                         Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
UNIT TITLE: "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
Federal Land Grants and the Construction of the
Illinois Central Railroad in Mid-nineteenth Century Illinois
Intended Grade Level: Junior (11th grade)
Approximate length: five (5) days
NEHLessonPlan                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
Writing Rubric                          Word File   |   Rich Text Format   |   HTML Webpage
The Last Great American
Canal Author: Brian Gerard Bardy
Unit/Lesson Title: National expansion of the United States (1815 to 1850), and its connection to local Illinois history. How the Illinois & Michigan Canal United 19th Century America
Intended Grade Level: 11th & 12th
Approximate Length: 5 days
The Last Great Canal
Authors: Carolyn Johnsen and Homer Thomas
Curriculum Project: The Underground Railroad and the I & M Canal in Illinois
Intended Grade Level: 9-12
Approximate length: One hour

RAFT Lesson plan                                   Word File   |   Rich Text Format    |   HTML Webpage
URR anticipation Lesson Plan 1             Word File   |   Rich Text Format    |   HTML Webpage
URR anticipation Lesson Plan 2             Word File   |   Rich Text Format    |   HTML Webpage
URR Anticipation Guide                          Word File   |   Rich Text Format    |   HTML Webpage
URR Cartoon Rubric                                Word File   |   Rich Text Format    |   HTML Webpage
URRRAFToral Rubric                               Word File   |   Rich Text Format    |   HTML Webpage
URRRAFT Rubric                                     Word File   |   Rich Text Format    |   HTML Webpage

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