Date of Award

Spring 5-2006

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Sal Vascellaro


This thesis presents a social studies curriculum for third and fourth grade students on the domestic life of New Amsterdam. Beginning with the geography of the region, the study focuses on the role that the environment has on meeting basic human needs of shelter, food and clothing. Based on a framework of objectives and ideas, the study is divided into three major units: shelter, food and clothing. Meeting each basic need required of New Amsterdam residents a vast amount of time and dedication. As children experience this curriculum, they can begin to understand the effort and many layered processes the initial Dutch settlers had to complete on a daily basis.

Throughout the study students will extend and deepen their understandings by comparing the life in New Amsterdam to contemporary life in New York City. This study has been compiled from multiple resources that include journals, nonfiction texts, historical fiction, cookbooks, online resources, and maps. The curriculum is designed to offer children an opportunity to experience the daily life of New Amsterdam through sensory experiences, readings, videos, field trips and expressive writing.


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