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Fourth graders see why people came to Wisconsin and what life was like in their new home. They engage in a wonderful series of lessons, which use a variety of multi-media resources. They plan a heritage day party as a culminating event.
In this Wisconsin state history worksheet, 4th graders read two pages of information about Wisconsin then complete 10 true and false questions.
Fourth graders identify the origins of their own ancestors and possible reasons for immigration. They research immigrant groups of Wisconsin, including origins and daily life, and then create timelines depicting their settlements.
Students explore agriculture by researching Wisconsin's economy. In this cherry industry lesson, students read assigned text about the amount of cherries Wisconsin produces annually and the revenue it brings in to the state. Students answer study questions and complete worksheets about cherries.
Students explore animal slaughter by researching the Wisconsin beef industry. For this meat statistics lesson, students practice using different math functions to identify how many burgers or sports equipment can be made from one slaughtered cow. Students identify  the nutrients that come from beef and where else those nutrients can be found.
Fourth graders explore Wisconsin Native Americans and create a multi-media project of the Wisconsin tribe of their choice. Using the Internet, they research Wisconsin history and create a timeline of early Native Americans using Inspiration. They create a HyperStudio project about their tribe and present it to the class.
Students read about sixteen cities around the state of Wisconsin to collect clues and solve eight crimes. This activity weaves facts into the crimes that students are trying to solve as they travel their reading miles.
Students see that the evolution of Wisconsin Territory follows the history of westward migration through the eastern half of the continent. They describe life in the Wisconsin Territory and construct maps showing boundaries and major trails.
Students use primary sources to research and evaluate the quality of life for African American urban migrants in the 20th century. They focus on Wisconsin and outline Wisconsin's response to the wave of urban migration in a poster.
Students research and discuss the 1950's economic boom and how it affected African Americans living in Wisconsin. They analyze the 1950 "Negro Business Directory" for Wisconsin and infer information about social interactions of the time.
Fourth graders study Wisconsin's culture and heritage. They research the state's symbols and identify leaves common to the Wisconsin area. They create a leaf booklet and visit the state park. They visit local farms and create nature maps to display resources for each region. They create Venn diagrams of Native American tribes and visit the State Capital. They assemble all projects into a Wisconsin Snapshots portfolio.
Students examine the effect of the various ice ages on Wisconsin. In groups, they create a map representing the five geographic regions of Wisconsin. They must write out a description of each region to be placed on a poster board. They present them to the class to end the lesson.
Fourth graders research Wisconsin explorers. They analyze sources for information related to a Wisconsin explorer or missionary. They create a rough draft and edit and type a final draft including a profile of their explorer and illustration. They create a Power Point presentation of their explorer and a web page.
Students examine Wisconsin's role in the Underground Railroad. They read primary and secondary source documents, answer questions, analyze maps, and listen to a story involving the Wisconsin Underground Railroad.
Fourth graders explore why groups of immigrants settled in Wisconsin. Through intervies with family members, printed materials, and internet research, 4th graders discover the contributions early residents made to the state. Students connect the contributions of the past and present by creating a timeline.
Students read and discuss and oral history transcript about a girl who moved to Wisconsin from Mississippi. They create ten interview questions to ask other people who might serve as good oral history subjects.
Fourth graders discover that wheat was the first important cash crop in Wisconsin, earning the state the title "America's Breadbasket." They read an article about an early promoter of the dairy industry, then work as a team to explain the terminology.
Fourth graders discover that, in the 20th century, automobiles played an important role in the growth of Wisconsin's economy. They conduct a survey of cars passing the school and create a display of the material gathered in the survey.
High schoolers see that by the 1850s, Wisconsin's lumber industry had penetrated far into the Northwoods. They investigate the report of Increase Lapham, who was commissioned to write a report on forest preservation in Wisconsin in 1867.
Fourth graders research a topic of interest about Wisconsin in order to create an ABC book. Students use both print and non print resources as well as the digital camera to collect information for their books. Students share their books with the class and participate in a Young Author's Night.

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