On October 26, 1825, the Erie Canal opened for business. You can learn a lot about the Erie Canal and the ships that traveled it at The Erie Canal Museum’s website. You can also play a really fun, free, online game (with a parent’s permission) called the Weighmaster Game at their site . You can help the weighlock master weight the boats and figure out how much toll to charge each one.
For some more Erie Canal fun, try our Weigh-In at the Weighlock printable game at the timeline link below. Or, use the following writing prompt to start a story about the Erie Canal:
Imagine yourself on a trip along the Erie Canal on October 26, 1825, the day it opens! What do you see? What do you do? What is your trip like?
(Fits American history timeline.)
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