Teacher Resources

Deepen your classroom study of the Industrial Revolution, Empire, and the environment with these educator packets featuring lesson plans and activity ideas for remote learning.

Schedule a visit to the historic grounds now and pick up educational Outdoor Explore Kits available for free to local schoolchildren. 

Our lesson plans and activities can be used by teachers and parents across the country now for remote learning. All lesson plans include suggested grade levels, but can be adjusted to fit the needs of your students.

Share your activities with us on social media @Thomascolesite on Instagram and Facebook and we’ll post your children’s art and writing.

We are offering educational Outdoor Explore Kits now to enhance student visits to the grounds of the historic site. Explore Kits are free for schoolchildren and their families within the Greene and Columbia County public school systems. Learn more and schedule your visit here.

Thomas Cole and Industrialization

Lesson Plan
Thomas Cole, River in the Catskills, Oil on canvas, 1843, 27 1/2 × 40 3/8 in, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865.

Thomas Cole and Empire

Lesson Plan
Thomas Cole, The Course of Empire: The Consummation of Empire, Oil on canvas, 1836, 51 x 76 in. Collection of The New-York Historical Society, 1858.3.

Changing Landscape: Writing Prompt & Drawing


Virtual Views & Coloring


Slow Looking


Visit with Outdoor Explore Kits

Free reservations for local schoolchildren

Made possible with the generous support of The Bay & Paul Foundations.

Jennifer GreimTeacher Resources