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Immigration To Wisconsin
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.
Investigating Immigration and Settlement in Wisconsin
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.
Seasons in the Woods
Winter in the cold Northwoods of Wisconsin can be hard on animals that aren't adapted to the climate. Investigate the animals that are out and about even in the coldest winter temperatures as you and your class examine animal adaptations, migration, and hibernation. A worksheet is used to isolate animals from the Northwoods region that are active all year long. The class discusses what that animal would eat, where it comes from, and how it survives the cold. There are four extension ideas included to help you further learners' content understanding.
Wisconsin Agriculture; Berry Bunch's Cherry Fast Facts
Students explore agriculture by researching Wisconsin's economy. In this cherry industry instructional activity, 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.
Fun Faces of Wisconsin Agriculture: Berry Bunch's Strawberry Fast Facts
Students use facts about strawberry production in Wisconsin to complete math and art activities. For this strawberry production lesson, students read about strawberry production in the state of Wisconsin. They answer math word problems using the information and study the parts of the strawberry plant.
Fun Faces of Wisconsin Agriculture: Curley's Beef Fast Facts
Learners explore animal slaughter by researching the Wisconsin beef industry. In 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. Learners identify the nutrients that come from beef and where else those nutrients can be found.
Discovering Prehistoric People of Wisconsin
Young scholars list the characteristics of the four main groups of prehistoric people of Wisconsin. They compare the characteristics of the groups of to determine the chronological order of existence in Wisconsin.
Students research the many "firsts" of Wisconsin. They pick one to research further and present the information to the class.
Traveling Cat Flown Home to Family
Students locate Wisconsin and Belgium on a world map, then read a news article about a cat that stowed away on ship from the U.S. to Europe. In this current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with map and vocabulary activities, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
The Emigrant's Handbook and Guide to Wisconsin, 1851
Students read The Emigrant's Handbook and Guide to Wisconsin, and prepare a set of written instructions for individuals wanting to emigrate to their community. They consider how the economy and American society has changed since the 1850s.
Maps and Geology Reports of Wisconsin
Young scholars explain how effects of glaciers 10,000 years ago are visible in physical geography of Wisconsin. They use maps to recognize important physical features that led to the settlement of Wisconsin by native peoples.
Wisconsin Native Americans
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.
Traveling in Wisconsin
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.
Effigy Mound Activity
Students research effigy mounds of Native people in Wisconsin. They create large models of effigy mounds in a given area based on factual information from their studies and research.
Life In A Lumber Camp
Students examine the lumber industry in Wisconsin by using primary source documents. They also listen to songs from the era.
Is That Necessary?
Students examine a handbook given to Wisconsin immigrants when they arrived. They create a list prioritizing the items they needed for survival in the mid-1800s.
Remembering the Holocaust
Students examine the Holocaust by using primary source documents. They focus on a person who immigrated to Wisconsin after surviving the Holocaust.
Students Slide to School on Air-Powered Sled
Young scholars locate the Great Lakes on a US map, then read a news article about a sled being used as a wintertime school bus in Wisconsin. For this current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a map and vocabulary activity, then students read the news article and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Butterflies and Blooms
The Northwoods of Wisconsin are lovely in the summer,and they are also home to many flower and butterfly species. Investigate the ways in which seasonal flowers and butterflies are interdependent on each other for survival with a fun activity. The class will view and discuss various butterflies and blooms from the region and then construct a wheel that shows which butterflies are attracted to which flowers and why.