New York City Over Time – Social Studies

What’s happening

Students are engaged in their second unit of study, learning about how New York City has changed over time. Students are analyzing timelines to gather information, learning about the early inhabitants of New York, learning about how the Dutch and English affected New York City, and describing how New York City and its communities have changed throughout the 1600s-present day.

“What can I do at home?”

At home, ask your child questions about what they’re learning about New York City. Ask your child to retell you about their day in sequential order, just like a timeline. Talk to your child about what New York City was like when you were growing up. Discuss how things have changed, what building are new and what areas have been around for a long time.

What it looks like

Below you will see students from class 2-301 engaged in building timelines. As a class, students created a human timeline of their school day. In small table groups, students learned about different inventions and put them on a timeline to see which invention is oldest and which is newest.

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