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

Packing a traveler's trunk offers students the opportunity to take a closer look at the immigrant experience in this lesson

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History Hunters Cemetery Tour

Use a local cemetery to teach students about community history as well as the historical information that can be found at a cemetery

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Traveling in Wisconsin

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

Introduce students to basic map orientation skills using their own community

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

Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Pacific

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

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Community Design Game

Help students understand the physical design and compostion of their community

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

La Follette and the Progressive Era

Get curriculum suggestions for teaching about Progressive Era reforms in Wisconsin
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Have Questions?

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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