Erie Canal and Locks

Erie Canal and Locks

Home School in the Woods, a fantastic hands-on history company, has begun offering a new type of product – a-la-carte projects from their history packs.Erie Canal project from HSITW

HSITW has an offer right now (don’t know how long the offer is good) for a project on the Erie Canal that looks simple and fun. So, I sat down and printed it out and put it together so I could show it to the girls. I had not idea just how much hands-on history would happen with that little project.

Miss J, age 8, was terribly interested. So we talked about the project, looking at the map, discussing the information inside of it, and how it would have been used. I also sang her the Erie Canal song that I knew. That settled it – more information was needed so she asked about whether we could find pictures or videos of the canals and locks.

We started out on A Net In Time, looking at the pictures of the field trip they took to Welland Canal.

Homeschool Coffee Break has a field trip discussion about visiting the C&O Canal, as well as a link to an earlier discussion about canals.

Then some videos and webpages:

The Erie Canal page has animated drawings of locks in use.

Here is a video of going through some locks:

This video is about the canal and about the mules used to pull the barges along:

A video of mules actually pulling a boat along:

And this one, not of the Erie Canal but a fascinating look at locks, even on smaller waterways:

So, with just a simple hands-on project from Home School In The Woods, we expanded our learning across continents and waterways, using maps, music, history, commerce, and more. Not bad for a Friday afternoon in the summer.

At Home.

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5 thoughts on “Erie Canal and Locks

  1. Annette V July 8, 2017 at 8:35 pm Reply

    that was fun to look through and read. Well done momma. 🙂 Though admittedly, I haven’t quite figured out the a la carte thing from HSintheW. 🙂

    • 3gigglygirlsathome July 10, 2017 at 7:28 am Reply

      Thank you. I think the HSITW thing will be good. Basically it is just single projects on a topic, instead of a large, extensive, long-term study. When we did, for example, Greece, it was the history study for the most of the year. There were 25 “stops” or lessons and each one had several projects to it. So, easily 100 projects related to the topic. The a-la-carte program will allow you to grab a single project to add to a mini-unit study like this but still have a hands-on project to do.

  2. Kym Thorpe July 8, 2017 at 9:58 pm Reply

    the locks and the history of the canals are fascinating, aren’t they? We’ve visited the C&O Canal a few times and got to ride on the canal boat through the locks there. That dates from about the same time as the Erie Canal if you and your girls are interested in seeing my post and visiting the C&O website. 😀

    • 3gigglygirlsathome July 10, 2017 at 7:24 am Reply

      How fun. I’ll go check it out and add it to this. Thanks for letting me know.

  3. […] do related to that topic. Or it could be a jumping off point. For example, here is a post about the mini unit study we did last week on the Erie Canal based off of the a-la-carte projects HSITW is offering (free at the […]

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