I love New York City. I don’t live there, but I love it. My brother lives in NYC and whenever we get a chance to visit him, we always have a blast.
When I asked the kids what topics they wanted to cover in our unit studies this year, New York City was at the top of the list. So I put together a quick New York City unit study that’s a great introduction to The Big Apple!
New York City Overview
Watch the following video about New York City and then have your kids answer the questions below:
1. How many people visit New York City each year? (Answer: Over 50 million)
2. In what architectural style was the Empire State Building designed? (Answer: Art Deco)
3. What year did the Empire State Building open? (Answer: 1931)
4. What street in New York features most of the city’s luxury shops? (Answer: Fifth Avenue)
5. At what intersection is Times Square located? (Answer: Broadway and Seventh Avenue)
6. How many acres does Central Park cover? (Answer: 850)
7. Who designed the Guggenheim Museum? (Answer: Frank Lloyd Wright)
8. What is the name of the 9/11 Memorial? (Answer: The Reflecting Absence Memorial)
9. How many language groups are in New York? (Answer: 800)
10. What bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn? (Answer: The Brooklyn Bridge)
Statue of Liberty History
Of course, one of the first things that comes to mind when you say “New York City” is the Statue of Liberty. Here’s a great video that explains the history of the statue, including its design, unveiling, and restoration.
Watch the video and then have your kids try to answer the questions below:
1. What does the Statue of Liberty depict? (Answer: The Roman goddess of freedom)
2. On what date was the statue officially opened? (Answer: October 28, 1886)
3. What is the statue’s official name? (Answer: Liberty Enlightening the World)
4. Who designed the Statue of Liberty? (Answer: Frederic Bartholdi)
5. What does the statue’s torch symbolize? (Answer: The light of reason)
6. How tall is the statute without the pedestal? (Answer: 151 feet high)
7. What color was the statue originally? (Answer: Copper)
Books about New York City
Here are a few great kids’ books about New York City! These have lots of pictures, but they’re good for all ages.