Adult and child reading the 4th grade history textbook.

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

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

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."

Teach your students about how snowshoes were a part of the pioneer experience in Wisconsin

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

Learn about various architectural styles that can be found in your local community

Introduce students to basic map orientation skills using their own community

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

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