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Classroom Toolkit: 1814 Survey

Overview of the lessons, including procedures
Disciplines: Social Studies, Math and Language Arts
Grade Levels: 4-8
Time Frame: 3 Class Periods

Materials Needed:

Learning Objectives: The students will:

  1. Gather, label, categorize, and analyze information from a survey document.

  2. Define pertinent vocabulary including survey, dwelling and premises.

  3. Create a model of an 1814 pioneer neighborhood.

  4. Identify archaic usage of the English language.

  5. Gather information on a presettlement ecosystem.

NYS Social Studies Standards Correlation:
Standard 1: Key Idea 4

  • Consider different interpretations of key events and /or issues in history and understand the differences in these accounts.

  • Explore different experiences, beliefs, motives, and traditions of people living in their neighborhoods, communities, and State.

  • View historic events through the eyes of those who were there, as shown in their art, writings, music and artifacts.

  • Consider the sources of historic documents, narratives, or artifacts and evaluate their reliability.

  • Describe historic events through the eyes and experiences of those who were there.

Standard 5: Key Idea 4

  • Explain the role that civility plays in promoting effective citizenship in preserving democracy.


These lessons were orginally developed through a grant from the New York State Archives and Records Administration, Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund. They were developed during the fiscal year 2003-2004 by Bryan Thompson, Town of De Kalb's Historian.


In 2009, Bryan Thompson received the Bruce W. Dearstyne Annual Archives Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Local Government Records. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding initiative, leadership, and creativity in encouraging and promoting the use of local government historical records for elementary and secondary education.

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