The Ohio Canal
Students will understand what the Ohio canal was and how it affected
growth of Cleveland.
canal, lock, toll
- Why was a canal system developed?
- What items were shipped on the Canal?
- What affect did the canal have on Cleveland?
- Ask students to name different ways we can travel or ship
goods today. Which means of transportation were around in the
1840s? Does anyone know what a canal is? Define and discuss, showing
students transparencies of canal boats and locks.
- Display the map of the Ohio Canal and identify Cleveland and
the path of the Ohio Canal.
- Distribute copies of the Canal Officer's Report and begin
analysis. Ask students what goods are shipped on the canal. What
goods are shipped to Cleveland? What goods clear through Cleveland
for other destinations? What goods are foods? What goods could
be used for manufacturing?
- Distribute copies of Handout #1 - Canal and Cargo. Have students
color the canal boat and items at the bottom of the page. Have
them cut out and glue the items into the hull of the canal boat.
- Display pictures from the canal era and ask students to analyze
them, discussing the scenery, people, activities, etc. On the
journey of the canal, what would you see? Then distribute Handout
#2 and have students create their own canal boats.
If there is room, you may want the students to measure out the
size of a canal boat. This can be done in the gym or outside,
and can be incorporated into a math lesson.