Interpreting the Evidence
Ice Skating in Central Park, c. 1900
Suggested Teaching Instructions
Ice skaters in New York City's Central Park, circa 1900.
Ice skating began in Central Park when a portion of an unfinished lake was flooded and froze in December 1858. Ice skating in the park became enormously popular and led to the development of skating clubs for the wealthy throughout the city. Skating on Central Park Lake became the exercise for people who were not wealthy.
How does the existence of leisure time influence culture and economy?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain how leisure time changed the American culture and economy.
Draw a picture of what ice skates looked like in the early 1900s.
Science: How cold does it have to be for water to freeze into ice? Is there a difference between standing water and moving water?
English Language Arts: Create a magazine article describing ice skating, the new sports craze.
Art: Create a poster that informs the public about the safety issues of walking or skating on a frozen body of water.