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The New-York Historical Society Education Division provides dynamic programming and curriculum resources for students and teachers in New York and beyond. Historical study sparks curiosity and creativity, promotes cultural understanding, and fosters an empowered citizenry to strengthen our democracy. Our staff of passionate professionals draws on our world-renowned collections to engage learners of all ages in the study of our collective past.


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Carnegie Corporation of New York
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Barker Welfare Foundation
The Keith Haring Foundation
The Bay and Paul Foundations
The Alice Lawrence Foundation
The Henry Nias Foundation
Fred and Joan Pittman


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Fourth Grade: How did New York become the city is it today?

This series is designed to dovetail with the fourth grade Social Studies Scope and Sequence, providing students with hands-on opportunities to further explore the topics you are covering in your social studies lessons.

From the first native peoples to the influx of immigrants in the late 19th century, students will trace the growth of the city through the material culture previous generations left behind. At the end of the series students will work in teams using everything they learned to create a timeline of the city of New York that demonstrates how and why the city changed over time.

  • Session 1: New York’s First People
  • Session 2: Life in New Amsterdam
  • Session 3: Life in British New York
  • Session 4: Slavery in New York
  • Session 5: The American Revolution in New York
  • Session 6: New York, New Nation
  • Session 7: New York Divided—The Civil War
  • Session 8: Immigration
  • Session 9: Culmination—Visual Timeline

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