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The State of New York

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings U.S. geography to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of New York
Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of New York

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The State of New York

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • History: In 1624, the Dutch settled beside the Hudson River. In 1626, Manhattan Island became the colony of New Amsterdam. In 1664, the English took over and renamed it New York. In 1776, New York declared its independence from Great Britain. In 1788, New York became the 11th state in the Union.
  • Statehood: 11th State - July 26, 1788
  • Name Origin: Named after England's Duke of York.
  • Size: 54,475 sq. miles (#27 of 50 states)
  • Population: 19,651,127 (#3 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Albany
  • Border States: Connecticut; Massachusetts; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont
  • Presidents Born in the State: Martin Van Buren; Millard Fillmore; Theodore Roosevelt; Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Agriculture Exports: Apples; Maple Syrup; Pumpkins; Dairy; Wine and grapes; Cabbage; Cauliflower; Corn; Cherries; Squash; Pears; Onions.
  • Industry: Financial Services; Health Care; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Retail and Food Service; Manufacturing (Apparel, Computer and Electronic Products; Software Engineering).
  • Attractions: Empire State Building; Central Park; Broadway; Time Square; Metropolitan Opera House; Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art; The Natural History Museum; Rockefeller Center; Fifth Avenue; Brooklyn Bridge; Times Square; Chrysler Building; New York Public Library; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; St Patrick's Cathedral; South Street Seaport; Coney Island; Ithaca Gorges and Falls Natural Area; Lake Ontario; Lake Erie; Niagara Falls.
  • Colleges and Universities: Columbia University; NYU; Fordham University; Juilliard School; Fashion Institute of Technology; St. John's University; Pace University; Baruch College; City College of New York; The New School; Ithaca University; Cornell University; Syracuse University; Bard College; Hobart William Smith Colleges; CUNY and SUNY schools.
  • Professional Sports: Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and New York Giants (NFL); Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and New York Rangers (NHL); MetroStars (MLS); New York Knicks (NBA); New York Mets and Yankees (MLB).
  • Flag: Dark blue with the state coat of arms with an eagle on top. The goddess Liberty holds a Liberty Cap and has a crown at her feet, representing freedom from England. The goddess Justice wears a blindfold and carries the scales of justice. A white ribbon reads "Excelsior" meaning to reach up to higher goals. The shield contains the sun over the Hudson highlands and ships in the Hudson river.
  • Flower: Rose
  • Tree: Sugar Maple
  • Animal: Beaver
  • Bird: Eastern Bluebird
  • Nickname: The Empire State
  • Motto: "Excelsior"
  • Song: "I love New York" by Steve Karmen

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about New York (history, attractions, exports and fun facts)?
  • In your opinion, what is New York most well known for?
  • What states does New York border?
  • What is the climate and geography of New York?
  • What are the different regions in New York (Upstate, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Long Island, The Hamptons)?
  • What would you like to know about New York?
  • How could you learn more about New York?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    State Fun Facts

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Economy: Agriculture and Industry

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Attractions & Destinations

    Complete after class brainstorm or discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster of the New York state flag and/or a map of New York that includes major sights and attractions.

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to advertise one college or university in New York.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Character Map for the most famous historical figure from New York.

  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline of New York's state history.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Why did New York become a state?
  • What are the main components of New York's economy?
  • Why is New York important to the United States?
  • What makes New York unique or different than other states?
  • In your opinion, what state is New York most similar to and why?
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Pixton Activity: The State of New York 1 State Fun Facts

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • History: In 1624, the Dutch settled beside the Hudson River. In 1626, Manhattan Island became the colony of New Amsterdam. In 1664, the English took over and renamed it New York. In 1776, New York declared its independence from Great Britain. In 1788, New York became the 11th state in the Union.
  • Statehood: 11th State - July 26, 1788
  • Name Origin: Named after England's Duke of York.
  • Size: 54,475 sq. miles (#27 of 50 states)
  • Population: 19,651,127 (#3 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Albany
  • Border States: Connecticut; Massachusetts; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont
  • Presidents Born in the State: Martin Van Buren; Millard Fillmore; Theodore Roosevelt; Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Flag: Dark blue with the state coat of arms with an eagle on top. The goddess Liberty holds a Liberty Cap and has a crown at her feet, representing freedom from England. The goddess Justice wears a blindfold and carries the scales of justice. A white ribbon reads "Excelsior" meaning to reach up to higher goals. The shield contains the sun over the Hudson highlands and ships in the Hudson river.
  • Flower: Rose
  • Tree: Sugar Maple
  • Animal: Beaver
  • Bird: Eastern Bluebird
  • Nickname: The Empire State
  • Motto: "Excelsior"
  • Song: "I love New York" by Steve Karmen

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four fun facts or symbols of the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of New York 2 Economy: Agriculture and Industry

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the main components of the state's economy or have students complete a research project:

  • Agriculture Products: Apples; Maple Syrup; Pumpkins; Dairy; Wine and grapes; Cabbage; Cauliflower; Corn; Cherries; Squash; Pears; Onions.
  • Industry: Financial Services; Health Care; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Retail and Food Service; Manufacturing (Apparel, Computer and Electronic Products; Software Engineering).

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four major industries and/or agricultural products of the state's economy:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of New York 3 Attractions & Destinations

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the state's top attractions or have students complete a research project:

  • Attractions: Empire State Building; Central Park; Broadway; Metropolitan Opera House; Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art; The Natural History Museum; Rockefeller Center; Fifth Avenue; Brooklyn Bridge; Times Square; Chrysler Building; New York Public Library; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; St Patrick's Cathedral; South Street Seaport; Coney Island; Ithaca Gorges and Falls Natural Area; Lake Ontario; Lake Erie; Niagara Falls.
  • Colleges and Universities: Columbia University; NYU; Fordham University; Juilliard School; Fashion Institute of Technology; St. John's University; Pace University; Baruch College; City College of New York; The New School; Ithaca University; Cornell University; Syracuse University; Bard College; Hobart William Smith Colleges; CUNY and SUNY schools.
  • Professional Sports: Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and New York Giants (NFL); Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and New York Rangers (NHL); MetroStars (MLS); New York Knicks (NBA); New York Mets and Yankees (MLB).

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four main attractions or destinations in the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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