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.
page is a supplement to
Minnesota Social Studies where you will find
additional material including history, colleges and universities,
capital city profile, lesson plans, state government and more.
lesson plan sites have a subscription fee or otherwise sell
their lesson plans (that is an additional feature of some of
the sites found here) all lesson plans and collections
of lesson plans listed here are free.
The Changing Role of the Iron Range
__ "The iron range located in northern Minnesota is a unique geographical area that can teach children many valuable things. It can teach students about maps, immigration, and natural resources. This lesson teaches students about mining, natural resources, and economies. The iron range is used as a case study, We will be tracking ore mining to taconite to tourism. Children will learn the changing economic function of the iron range."
goals, procedure and materials. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/dl78h
__ "Journalist Eva MacDonald Valesh wrote about booming Minneapolis
in the late 1800s. Her reporting centered primarily around the labor
movement and exposing of poor labor conditions in factories and mills.
She wrote under the pseudonym "Eva Gay" for much of her career
and became actively involved in the political labor movements of the
Alliance Party and its supporters, including connections to Ignatius
Donnelly and other Progressive leaders of the time." Goals,
procedure and materials needed. - From Minnesota Historical Society - http://www.mnhs.org/school/classroom/communities/teachers/lessons/VALlesson.html
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
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
Lesson Plans - Make State Maps With MapMachine
__ A lesson that can be made Minnesota 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
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
Communities __ Online explorations using primary sources from
the Minnesota Historical Society. Click on teachers for a large
selection of lesson plans on topics including people (Ard Godfrey,
John Pillsbury, Julia Nelson, etc.), occupations (milling, pottery,
mining), landscapes (falls, river, iron range), and milestones (Civil
War, mill explosion, dangers of mining, and many more). - From Minnesota
Historical Society - http://www.mnhs.org/school/classroom/communities/index.html
Minnesota Floor map
__ "Activity Title and Summary: Students will use materials and space provided to design a floor map of the State of Minnesota."
Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From teachers.net - http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/440.html
History Webquest __ Students will become familiar with basic
information related to Minnesota state history as well as familiar with
online resources for learning about the history of Minnesota. - From cloudnet.com
Road Trip __ "This intermediate to middle-grade lesson
plan is designed to explore four of the five themes of geography
(location, place, movement, and regions) as they relate to Minnesota
through planning a seven-day trip around the state." Goals,
procedure and materials. - From cloudnet.com - http://www.cloudnet.com/%7Eedrbsass/minnesotageography.htm
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
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/susmn.htm
Minnesota - A State Unit Study
__ "This mini unit on MINNESOTA 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/Minnesota.html
__ 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
template __ Print out this template for your students to
create a state brochure as a class activity. - From North Canton City Schools
Field Trips and State Resources - Minnesota __ 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/cvocm