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Teaching Wisconsin website Surf Wisconsin

Lesson One:
On Wisconsin - playing in the background, words on the Smartboard.Badger Fight Song

Essential Question 1? Where in the World do we live? (Use Midwest Region Map page 2 Wisconsin, Our State, Our Story)
Objective: Students will realize that they live on Earth, North America, United States, Mid-West, Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Pages 2 and 3 On Wisconsin)Sing the "Do You Know Your Continents?" song. Complete the Where Do We Live Map.
Focus on boundaries to Wisconsin (water and land)
Wisconsin Map
Wisconsin Coat of Arms
Wisconsin Coat of Arms

Show One Minute segment on Wisconsin One minute facts about Wisconsin

Latitude and Longitude Where are We? (United Streaming) The first 12 minutes are applicable. It gets too detailed after that.

Essential Question 2? How do you think like an historian? (Pages 2-11 Wisconsin, Our State, Our Story)
Opening Brainstorming Activity: Ask each pod to answer the following questions: What is a primary source document? What is a secondary source document? What is an artifact? (Pages 4-11 Wisconsin, Our State, Our Story)

*Reading Skill instruction - Reading captions




Vocabulary : artifacts, document, evidence, historian, interpret, investigate, primary sources, secondary sources, continuity, historic

Lesson Two:

Essential Question 1? How was the land in the state of Wisconsin formed?
*Reading Skill instruction- Use Time Line on Pages 12-13 (Wisconsin, Our State Our Story) to visualize the transformation of the land. Transformation of Land
into the Outdoors, Ice Age Trail, Glaciers, kettles, drumlins, etc

Ice Age Trail


Skip to Pages 24-27 (Wisconsin, Our State, Our Story) Glaciers and Glacial FeaturesGlaciers (just over 1minute)


How do glaciers move? Click Here.

Turn to page 14-15 (Wisconsin, Our State Our Story) Ice Age Trails and Map

Ice Age Trail

Niagara Escarpment
Read Aloud and Discuss as a Class (Pages 6-11, On Wisconsin)

Exploring Wisconsin's Five Regions (Pages 30-35 Wisconsin, Our State, Our Story)

*Plant the seed - The earliest people had already settled the territory of Wisconsin for over 10,000 years.


Vocabulary: moraines, silt, till, glaciated, driftless area, basins, wetlands, kettle, esker, kame, drumlin, Ice Age, landscapes, glaciers, Geologists, topography, glacial, environment, geology


Wisconsin Scavenger Hunt (2 Day activity)/Research Lesson






WI Acrostic Lesson/Activity







Lesson Three:
Essential Idea 1? Name the three major Native American Tribes in Wisconsin and at least one unique attribute of each tribe.
Naive American Tribes of Wisconsin (Into the Outdoors)
The Three Wisconsin Tribes: Ho-Chunk, Ojibwe, Menominee (Chapter Two On Wisconsin) (Pages 62-63 Wisconsin Our State, Our Story)




Ojibwe Tribe


Gina and Cheryl will use a power point as an introduction to the essential idea. Students will then be broken into three groups to read aloud the text about their assigned tribe. Each group will do a brief presentation about the tribe and name one or two unique attributes about that tribe. While students are listening to the presentations, they will use a study guide to fill in the information shared by the other groups.
Resources: Chapter Two On Wisconsin and Pages: 40, 41, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56 in Wisconsin Our State Our Story

Templates for Three Tribes Presentation:

Note Taking Organizer - Three Tribes Presenation


Vocabulary: Ojibwe, bison, wigwam, treaties, clan, immune, makuk, travois, sovereignty, sovereign



Lesson Four:Essential Question 1? What would draw Missionaries, Fur Trappers and Traders, and Explorers to Wisconsin? (This takes only one class period.)
Begin with (Pages 34 [First Contact between Wisconsin Indians and a European] and 35, On Wisconsin) to introduce the idea of how new settlers were different than the Wisconsin Native Americans.

  • Turn to (Page 65, Wisconsin, Our State, Our Story) to introduce Jean Nicolet - settled near Green Bay.
After discussing Jean Nicolet arriving on the shores of Green Bay, in a birch bark canoe, dressed in an ornate, Chinese robe, carrying two guns (which he shot into the air), have the students take the role of a member of the Menominee or HoChunk Tribe and describe how they might feel as Jean Nicolet walked upon their shores.
  • Turn to (Pages 42-43, On Wisconsin) to introduce missionaries (Father Allouez - settled in Green Bay, Marquette and Jolliet - explored the Mississippi River)
    Father Jacques Marquette preaching to Native Americans
  • Next (Pages 56-mid 58, On Wisconsin) and (Pages 68-69, Wisconsin, Our State Our Story) to discuss French and English Fur Traders.

Fur Traders meeting Native Americans

*Reading Skill Instruction- Reading Captions along the side of a page (Page 56, 57, 58)
*Discussion of the reason many fur companies eventually closed their doors.
Vocabulary: missionaries, fur-bearing, muskrat, strait


Lesson Five:

Essential Question 1? Why would the people of Wisconsin want to move from being a territory to a state?
(Chapter 5, On Wisconsin) and (Pages 94-95 Wisconsin, Our State, Our Story)

Wisconsin: A Land of People from Many States pg. 77 - 81 Student led reports on immigrants.

Also use pages 102-124 in Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story to get information for your reports.
Vocabulary: territory, officials, legislatures, capital, immigrants, tenants, ethnic groups, heritage, temperance, Yankees, governor, U.S. Congress, federal, taxes, citizens, constitution

Lesson Six:
Essential Question 1? What plants and animals thrive in Wisconsin? Why do those particular plants and animals thrive in our state? What are Wisconsin's State Symbols and how did they come to be? (Chapter 5, On Wisconsin pg. 85)Map of Our State Symbols:
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Website: Discover Wisconsin

Wisconsin Cranberries


Learn about animals that live in Wisconsin Wisconin Symbols and Facts
All About Wisconsin Project -


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Graphic Organizer for gathering information (Sorting Circles)