We have begun to study New York City and how it has changed over time.  We have been listening to read alouds, creating time lines, and comparing and contrasting how specific things in the city have changed over time (like transportation).  Going deeper into this topic we started exploring long ago maps of New Amsterdam (current day downtown Manhattan).  We are gaining all sorts of information from the maps-making observations and growing new thoughts and questions from these explorations.  We are going to continue studying these maps, along with other primary sources, to find out more and more about New York City long ago.