• Coal Cargo Boat in the middle of the Canal being pulled by a mule team on the right hand side.

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

Curriculum Materials

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The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal is expanding its classroom activities. Coming spring 2014, we will have Common Core classroom activities posted for pre-K to 5th grade. Creative and talented teachers from Allegany County Public Schools have helped develop these lessons. We are heading to the Great Falls area next. If you are looking for a fun and rewarding professional development opportunity, join our curriculum team.

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    The C&O Canal, A Place of Refuge, Recreation, and Reflection: grade 4

    The C&O Canal, A Place of Refuge, Recreation, and Reflection: grade 4

    Years after boats carrying goods ceased floating down the canal, one man would take a stand to save this national treasure from development and destruction. This man, Justice William O. Douglas, recognized that that the C&O Canal offered a place of refuge, recreation and reflection to all who took the opportunity to just “take a walk.” In this lesson, students take a walk with Justice Douglas and think about what they would do if a place they loved was threatened with development.

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    C&O Canal Mapping Activity: grade 4

    C&O Canal Mapping Activity: grade 4

    Use this lesson as a stand-alone classroom activity or as a pre- or post-field trip activity. Students will construct and interpret a map using map elements and locate places and describe the human and physical characteristics of those places.

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    C&O Canal Reader's Theater: grade 4

    C&O Canal Reader's Theater: grade 4

    Use this lesson as a stand-alone classroom activity or as post-field trip activity. Students will use our script and slide show to retell the story of Captain Meyers, the day his boat ended up in Conococheague Creek after the aqueduct wall failed.

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    A Journey on the C&O Canal: grades 3, 4, 5

    A Journey on the C&O Canal: grades 3, 4, 5

    Use this lesson as a stand-alone or as a pre-activity to a canal visit. This lesson addresses a host of indictors and objectives in both reading and social studies. Students will learn why the C&O Canal is an amazing accomplishment in Maryland’s history, understand more about the genre of historical fiction, and describe what a typical nine-year old canal boy and family were like in the late 1800’s.

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    C&O Canal Case Studies: grades 3, 4, 5

    C&O Canal Case Studies: grades 3, 4, 5

    Use this lesson as a stand-alone classroom activity or as a post-field trip activity. This lesson addresses critical thinking and analysis skills. There are three case studies from which to choose. Students will read the case study, list pros and cons, and discuss what decision they made and why.

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    C&O Canal Case Studies

    Use this lesson as a stand-alone classroom activity or as a post-field trip activity. This lesson addresses critical thinking and analysis skills. There are three case studies from which to choose. Students will read the case study, list pros and cons, and discuss what decision they made and why.

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