Sites In New York State - History And Features

      Discover New York State

New York State has a rich history and diverse landscape. From the bustling streets of New York City to the rolling hills of the countryside to the historical places such as West Point, the Saratoga Battlefield, and the Statue of Liberty, there is much to learn.


Students use Google Maps to find information about sites in New York State. They will learn using a combination of information found in the Map placemarkers and research they do on their own.

Students will learn about the state's history

Google Maps has a number of features that can help students learn about the state's history. For example, students can use the map to find historical sites, such as battlefields, museums, and monuments. They can also use the map to learn about the history of specific places, such as cities and towns. 

Students will learn about historical landmarks 

Google Maps allows students to find historical landmarks throughout New York State. They can find landmarks from different time periods such as the Statue of Liberty that was built in the late 1800's and given to the United States as a gift from France in 1886, the Erie Canal, which was built in the early 1800's, for transporting goods from NYC to the western part of the country, and more.

Students will explore the state's geography. 

Google Maps allows students to zoom in and out of the map, which can help them to visualize the state's different landscapes. Students can also use the map to find specific places, such as buildings, forts, mountains, rivers, and cities. They can discover places such as Niagara Falls and the Adirondack Mountains.

Students will create their own Google Maps. 

Google Maps allows students to create their own maps, which can be a great way for them to learn about the state. Students can add markers to their maps to represent different places, such as historical sites, natural landmarks, and their favorite places. They can also add text and images to their maps to provide more information about the places they have marked.

Famous Sites In New York State

Students will be able to learn about famous historical sites throughout New York State. They will be able to visualize where the sites are located by using Google Maps. They will be able to identify important historical sites and landmarks of New York. By using the Internet and search techniques, they will be able to harvest information for their own projects as they summarize what they have learned.

State Of Liberty, Ellis Island
Photo Source: Creative Commons

Empire State Building, NYC
Photo Source: Creative Commons

911 Memorial, New York City
Photo Source: Creative Commons

National Baseball Hall  Of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
Photo Source: Flickr

Erie Canal , Albany to Lake Erie
Photo Source:Wikimedia Commons

Westpoint Military Academy
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

Google Map To Use - Sample To Show Students :

Google Form Students Use for Their Research:

Lesson Plan - A (Create A Google Map):

Lesson Plan - B: 

Rubric For Scoring Google Map Assignment:

National Register Of Historic Places in New York State By County - An Interactive Map:

Sample County - Herkimer County
Click to See Historic Sites in Herkimer

List Of National Parks And Monuments In
New York State

Saratoga National Historical Park

Battle of Saratoga -  called,
"The Turning Point of the Revolutionary War"

Photo Source: NPS

Photo Source: NPS

Photo Source: NPS

Photo Source: NPS

Curriculum Materials:  Saratoga National Historical Park

The Saratoga National Historical Park offers resources for teachers and students.