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  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    Immigration

    Students perform at Museum of Work and Culture

    Immigration involves making the difficult decision to leave the homeland and adapt to a new life in a new location. What conditions influenced people to emigrate from their homeland in Quebec, and how were their lives changed by their relocation to Woonsocket, Rhode Island?

    Explain how people and communities weighed the benefits and costs of emigrating.
    Explain how new opportunities for work in the textile industry drew immigrants to settle in New England.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    Immigration

    Students perform at Museum of Work and Culture

    Immigration involves making the difficult decision to leave the homeland and adapt to a new life in a new location.
    In this lesson, students will answer the following essential question: What conditions influenced people to emigrate from their homeland in Quebec, and how were their lives changed by their relocation to Woonsocket, Rhode Island?

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Social Studies
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    Immigration Lesson Plan

    Student role play at the Museum of Work and Culture

    This lesson explores the immigration experience of the French Canadians, or Quebecois, who left Quebec in the late 1800s and early 1900s for the industrial town of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The lesson addresses some of the reasons people emigrate, the challenges they face, the opportunities they discover, and the ways their lives are changed by their new environment.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade-Tenth Grade
    Subjects:
    Commerce and Industry, Economics, Family Life, Geography, History, Immigration, Labor History, Labor Law, Textiles, Women's History
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    The Power Of Water

    Interior of the Wilkinson Machine Shop

    This lesson will familiarize your students with the kind of power a water wheel can produce, and which variables affect the power output of a water wheel.  Secondly the students will see how and why the water wheel was used to power the Wilkinson Mill.  Finally the students will understand exactly how the water wheel powered the power train of the mill and the machines connected to the power train.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Algebra, Commerce and Industry, Design, Engineering, Entrepreneurs, History, Hydrology, Inventions / Inventors, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Textiles
    Keywords:
    Blackstone River, Slater Mill, textiles, Mahcines, math, water wheeel, gears
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    The Blackstone Canal in Worcester

    Artist's Impression of Worcester Canal Basin, c. 1835

    The Blackstone Canal, a 45 mile waterway linking Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence, Rhode Island, was a powerful catalyst for economic change and growth, stimulating the "transportation revolution" which was at the center of Worcester's transformation from a landlocked agrarian outpost to a center of commercial activity. The arrival of the Blackstone Canal began a tradition of innovation and enterprise that continues to characterize Worcester industry.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Architecture, Commerce and Industry, Engineering, Entrepreneurs, Geography, History, Hydrology, Immigration, Maritime History, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Transportation
    Keywords:
    Canal, Canal Boat, Canal Boat Lock, transportation, Worcester, Blackstone Canal
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    It Takes A Village

    View of Kelly Mill and village c. 1835

    Students will understand that the Blackstone River Valley experienced a unique form of rural industrialization called the “Rhode Island System of Manufacture” after Samuel Slater built the first textile mill in Pawtucket in 1790. Early mill villages, as typified by Ashton Village between 1810 and 1870, included essential components which led to their success and proliferation in rural towns along the Blackstone River Valley.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Agriculture, Engineering, Entrepreneurs, History, Labor History, Textiles, Transportation