Posted by: history591seventeen | June 6, 2010

Harlem and the Bronx

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 We toured Harlem and the Bronx today, which were nice surprises. Both areas appeared cleaner than the areas around the hotel where we are currently staying.  Anyway, as our tour guide rambled on, revealing his in-depth New York knowledge, I began thinking about how I could relate this information to my classroom.   One idea I thought could be interesting to develop would be assigning students the responsibility to plan and map out a tour of their town.  They would have to include so many stops and the brief history of each of these stops.  What would be most interesting is hearing what sites the students would select for their tour.

We also had lunch in Little Italy.  We ate pizza at a very homey place.  Our waiter made the pizza and it was impressive to watch him.    While he was making the pizza I thought of the way to use food in my classroom; I could have students bring in pictures of their favorite foods, along with the recipes, that demonstrated their family’s culture.  They could include a map showing the location of their ancestors.  This would be a great way for my students to find out a little about their family.  I would love to have students bring in their favorite foods, but I cannot allow students to bring in any homemade foods or anything that is not considered healthy according to the district’s healthy foods standards.  Therefore, pictures would have to work in place of the real thing.

Food always brings friends together!

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Responses

  1. Got anything to say about the Bronx and Harlem?

  2. Neat idea of having students bring in pictures of their favorite foods, along with the recipes, that demonstrated their family’s culture. Including a map showing the location of their ancestors would be a great way for students to find out a little about their family. It is sad that we can’t allow students to bring in their favorite foods anymore. LeMo

  3. You know Ray, I was thinking that it would be fun to encourage students to hold their own cultural party off of the school site, maybe at one of their homes. Then they could bring in foods and enjoy each other’s culture.

  4. I like your idea of students mapping out the town and creating their own tour. I’ve thought it would be a fun fundraiser to have student created ghost tours around Halloween. Great lesson idea!

  5. Sheila,
    That sounds like a lot of historical fun!


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