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Elementary Lesson Plans

The Society has made these lesson plans available to help you teach Wisconsin history. Materials are supported with links to or PDFs of primary sources drawn from collections within the Society's Archives. Designed for grade levels 3-5.

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Analyze primary and secondary sources to learn more about motivations and emotions involved during the Civil War era and Underground Railroad

Students will learn more about the history of their own family as well as the larger history of immigration to Wisconsin

Combine geography and map skills with reading, math, and problem-solving in this lesson plan

Using an educational passport, let students "travel" around the state to learn more about history and geographic regions of the state

Help students place their family and community's history in the context of state history with this lesson

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Community Design Game

Help students understand the physical design and compostion of their community

Using historic and current maps, students will identify change over time in Wisconsin communities in this lesson

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Pacific

In this lesson students study the words and listen to the song, “The Ballad of Ira Hayes."

La Follette and the Progressive Era

Get curriculum suggestions for teaching about Progressive Era reforms in Wisconsin

Teach your students about how snowshoes were a part of the pioneer experience in Wisconsin
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If you have questions about our field trips, lesson plans, or other educational resources, please contact Kurt Griesemer by phone at 608-264-6547 or by email.

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