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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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La Follette and the Progressive Era

Get curriculum suggestions for teaching about Progressive Era reforms in Wisconsin

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

Using postage stamps, students identify and describe significant events and people in the history of Wisconsin and the United States

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."

Use the interactive web-feature, The Mammoth Mystery, to teach students about Wisconsin archaeology, Paleo Indians, and the Kenosha County Mammoth

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

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

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