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Please note that with regard to lesson plans dealing with anthropology, archaeology, indigenous people, ancient civilizations, history, etc, there may be some cross-over and blurring of lines between the topics. For example, a lesson plan dealing with archaeology is automatically dealing with an anthropological subject. A lesson plan dealing with indigenous people is also automatically dealing with anthropology and any of them may, or may not, be dealing with history or ancient civilizations. While every attempt will be made to keep the topic lines as 'clean' as possible, be aware this may not always be possible.
Appropriate grade or age levels are included with the lesson plans.
The number of lesson plans available online for this topic is enormous. This site can not and does not index all lesson resources. That would be impossible, as sites appear and disappear with astonishing rapidity. The following provides some idea of what is available and will hopefully be a good starting point.
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Battle Flags: Michigan and the Civil War __ Your students will learn about people in Michigan that were part of the Civil War through stories, heroes, and history lessons. This unit contains ten lessons and activities. Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From mgtv.org - http://www.mgtv.org/civilwar/civilwar_flags.cfm
BlackDog's United States of America Coloring Book - Michigan __ The youngest of students can have fun coloring a map of their state along with learning some interesting things about it. You will find a print out for this classroom activity. - From blackdog.net - http://www.blackdog.net/refrigerator/coloringbook/usa/michigan.html
Detroit Unit Plan __ Explore the many events, people, landmarks, and geography of Detroit. Unit should take about fifteen days to complete. Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From Wayne State - http://ted.coe.wayne.edu/sse/units/detroit.htm
Discover Michigan Unit Plan __ A three-week unit that will teach many areas in the history of Michigan. Famous Black Americans, the production of automobiles, and much more. goals, procedure and materials needed. - From Wayne State - http://ted.coe.wayne.edu/sse/units/mich.htm
Eat Your State! Social Studies Lesson Plan... __ Students make an "edible" map of their state and its resources. When the lesson is over, let 'em munch away at their efforts. - From lessonplanspage.com - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSEatYourState-StateNaturalResourcesIdea24.htm
KidZone Geography - United States Printables for various State Emblems: __ You will find class activity material for your state as well as all the others. These activities are for the earliest grade levels. - From kidzone - http://www.kidzone.ws/geography/usa/index.htm
Knowing Where You Are __ "Students research place names in their state and discover and analyze the varied sources of these place names." Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduplace.com - http://www.eduplace.com/ss/act/knowing.html
Lesson Plans - Make State Maps With MapMachine __ A lesson that can be made Michigan specific. "This lesson asks students to compare and contrast their state with another one using observations they make from National Geographic's MapMachine. They'll look at their own state's maps as the teacher creates them for the class, and they'll make their own maps of another state of their choice. They'll list their observations of the two states' maps then write paragraphs comparing and contrasting what they've seen." - Goals, procedure - From nationalgeographic.com - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/03/g35/exploremaps.html
Let Me Tell You About My State! __ "The purpose of this activity is to develop an awareness of the concepts of the United States through the Amateur Radio communication services. It provides an opportunity for the students to verbally interact information about their state. Comparing and collecting data about different cultures, current events, geography, history, government, natural resources, and climate conditions are examples of shared data. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with another student operator to exchange information. Verbal questioning skills, critical thinking skills and the growth of writing skills will be enhanced. Through sharing of information about ones' state, published reports will be written from the acquired data." Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/bz9ou
Michigan State Flag __ While not a lesson plan 'per se,' it would be an excellent basis for one to teach younger students about your state flag with descriptions, history, and much more. - From allstates-flag.com - http://allstates-flag.com/fotw/flags/us-mi.html
Michigan State Study Unit __ These state unit studies are designed to help children learn the geography of the United States and learn factual information about every state. These studies are great for children in the public and private education system as well as homeschooled children." You will find lessons, printables, activities, quizzes, maps, fun facts, and many other classroom activity items. - From About.com - http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjgeog/a/susmi.htm
Michigan - A State Unit Study __ "This mini unit on MICHIGAN uses the cross curricular approach to education. There are several activities from different academic subjects for you to choose from. One of the most important things is to have fun!" - From easyfunschool.com - http://www.easyfunschool.com/Michigan.html
Michigan Word Search __ Students find names of this state's cities on a printable puzzle - From thepotters.com - http://www.thepotters.com/puzzles/michigan.html
Mini Study of a State __ The students will learn to do research while comparing your state with one of the states of the U.S. They will be graded on information, drawing and art work, spelling and punctuation and neatness. Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8y9ks
Settling a State Lesson Ideas __ "The study of Michigan's settlement days can provide lessons across the curriculum:..." You will find detailed information about this multi discipline lesson. goals, procedure and materials. - From State of Michigan - http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17451_18670_18793-52866--,00.html
State Reports __ Students will use different types of resources (computer software, research books, etc.) to find the climate, landforms, natural resources, government officials, etc. of a specific state. In this case, yours. Goals, procedure and materials. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8alyq
Teachers Stuff from the MI Historical Museum __ you will find a large collection of lesson plans, background reading and more. - From State of Michigan __ http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17451_18670_18793---,00.html
US template __ Print out this template for your students to create a state brochure as a class activity. - From North Canton City Schools - http://www.northcanton.sparcc.org/~orchard/states.htm
Virtual Field Trips and State Resources - Michigan __ As a class activity you can take any of a series of virtual online field trips around the state. Some of these "trips" also have lesson plans which may be ordered, others are free. - from Macmillan/McGraw-Hill - http://tinyurl.com/d9s3g
When Glaciers Covered Michigan - Lesson Plan __ "Several advances and retreats of continental glaciers covered Michigan over many thousands of years. The most recent glacier retreated (melted) about 14,000 years ago, leaving the land formation much as it is today." Your students will learn how such glaciations changed the state. - goals, procedure and materials needed. - From michigan.gov - http://tinyurl.com/7pg3z