I am wondering if I could get some help as I try to design a curriculum for 7-8 year old NYC kids. The big idea is that through looking closely and careful observation we can sometimes get clues to the past and its former function. For example, noticing the train tracks and elevated platforms of the Highline can give us clear hints that this was once used for freight trains. Nearby our school we have a nail salon that clearly was once a fire station indicated by the Engine Co. ? carved above the doorway. I was trying to think of other examples (perhaps restaurants now in old townhouses, converted carriage houses etc., but need more specific information.
Can anyone think of any examples? 7 and 8's are still pretty concrete learners so the leaps they would have to make need to be relatively straightforward and easy to detect.
Thanks in advance.