Little Living History Tour
Ms. A. invites you to join her and her youngest readers on the
O.M.B. (Only Make Believe Express) as they harvest tales true and tall
from all over America. There'll be sing-a-longs and many an opportunity
to join in a story, dance with the Statue of Liberty or plant a tree
with Johnny Appleseed. So get your tickets and prepare for a rollicking
- To introduce American History to a Pre-kindergarten through
population via storytelling and familiar geographical landmarks.
- To expand the student’s use of their imagination.
- To encourage map-reading skills.
- Autry, Gene
- An American performer who came to fame in the
1930’s as The Singing Cowboy. Autry was born in Tioga, Texas and is
famous for many holiday carols such as "Frosty the Snowman" and
the Red-Nosed Reindeeer".
- Central Park
- is a large park in the center of New York City
designed by the English Architect, Frederick Law Olmsted and completed
in 1873. It is filled with walking paths, a zoo and even a
carousel. Before the park was built it was home to many immigrants who
were either African, German or Irish in origin. They lived in villages
such as Seneca or Harsenville, also known as the Piggery
- Chapman, John
- aka Johnny Appleseed was born in
Leominster, Massachussetts in 1770. He was a legendary pioneer
nurseryman who introduced apples to the region known as the ‘Ohio
Valley’ south of the Great Lakes and west of the Ohio River. These
are now part of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and
- Chinook Indians
- A tribe of Indians located in the
Northwest by the Columbia River. These people encountered
Lewis and Clark and are famous for their tales of the Raven
who is sometimes a trickster or friend to human kind.
- Washington Irving, Washington
- A famous American
writer born in New York City April 3, 1780. He is most
famous for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" and
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".
- Ellis Island
- The main immigration port for immigrants
entering the United States at the end of the 19th and the beginning of
the 20th century. It is part of The Statue of Liberty National
Monument. The port first opened its doors on January 1st 1892. Annie
Cork, Ireland who disembarked from the S.S. Nevada was welcomed by
Colonel Weber, Superintendent of Immigration, on her fifteenth birthday
and became the first immigrant to enter America through this famous
- Ludington, Sybil
- "The Female Paul Revere" On April 26th
1777, when British troops were burning the town of Danbury, she mounted
trusty horse "Star" in Fredericksburg, New York and rode for
over forty miles alerting troops who would drive the British back to
their ships in Long Island Sound.
- Paul Revere
- The American silversmith and patriot during
the Revolutionary War who on April 18th 1775 rode out to warn the
militias of Lexington and Concord of the British troops approach from
Boston. He signaled them by placing two lanterns in the steeple window
of The Old North Church indicating that the troops would come by sea
across the Charles River.
Questions for Discussion and Classroom Activities
Prior to the Performance
a large preschool map, have the students
chart the "Story Train Route" and discuss the significance of each
"Story Train Station Stop"
- Statue of Liberty
- Ellis Island
- Johnny Appleseed Country (lands lying south of the
Great Lakes and west
of the Ohio River: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois)
- home of the
Chinook Indians, aka Oregon‘s Columbia River
Christ Church and the legends of Paul Revere
students return to the "Story Train Route Map" and each create their
'favorite place' station stop complete with a drawing and short story
- Have the students reconfigure the route sequence
skills such as cardinal points, etc., chart the new course.
- Traveling alphabeticaly
- Traveling to random picks, etc.
Bunting, Eve. Dreaming
of America, New York: Bridge Water Publishing, 2000.
Cohn, Amy L. From
Sea To Shining Sea, New York: Scholastic Inc., 1993.
Osborne, Mary Pope. American
Tall Tales, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991.
What they say about...Little Living History Tour
Living History Tour
was amazing! Teachers and students alike learned so much! The music
and acting kept our Pre-K and K students completely engaged. We would
love to have them back next year:. - Jan Rudd, Music Teacher, PS 161, Manhattan
program is a complete success. History lessons were delivered in such
an engaging way that student’s didn’t even realize they were learning." - Kim De Stefano, Library Media Specialist, Port Washington Union Free
"I wholeheartedly recommend this work!" -
Nancy Cabrero, Program Coordinator, NYC Lower Lab School
(actress & playwright
is presently a member of The Actors Studio. She trained at LAMDA and
the New York School of the Arts. She has appeared on TV in: As
The World Turns
and Search for Tomorrow
In Great Britain she performed a range of roles from Viola in Twelfth
to Sarah Goddard, a turn of the century Rhode Island
feminist. Some of her New York stage credits include: The New
Dramatist's Three Sisters
, Lincoln Center’s A
View from the Bridge
, Theatre of the Open Eye’s Birdbath
The 78th Street Theatre Lab’s Ruffian on the Stair
and Paradise Lost
at The Actors Studio. In
addition, Ms. Pasquale creates and tours her repertoire of Living
for audiences of all ages in venues along
the East Coast. Recent appearances include: Nellie
at The NHHC Chautauqua, Liberty Belles
Yale University Museum and Deborah Sampson
John Jay Homestead.