A remix of Michigan social studies resources all in one place. In this foundational lesson students are introduced to the ways geographers look at places and the questions they ask. Students begin by reviewing the concept of ‘community’ and the geography of their local community by completing a class chart.
The Roadmap is a remix of Michigan resources all in one place. Students review relative and absolute (street address) location. They then use a Michigan map and cardinal directions to describe the relative location of their local community. Using a map of the United States and cardinal directions, students identify a variety of ways to describe the relative location of Michigan. The lesson concludes with a brief discussion of how location influences the development of a state. This lesson serves as the launching point for subsequent lessons in both history and economics.
After reviewing natural (physical) and human characteristics from Lesson 1, students use maps to identify and describe significant natural (physical) characteristics of Michigan including mountain ranges, sand dune areas, the Great Lakes, inland lakes and important rivers. In a connection to science students briefly explore how glaciers helped to create some of these natural (physical) characteristics. The lesson uses multiple resources including informational text, legends and photographs.
In this lesson students continue their study of the important natural (physical) characteristics of Michigan by exploring vegetation and climate. They begin by analyzing special purpose maps of forests and orchards. Next they are introduced to the concept of climate, connecting to science topics of weather and seasons from previous grades. In addition, they briefly explore the impact of the Great Lakes on climate. The lesson also includes a chart reading activity dealing with Michigan state symbols.
Important bodies of water include the Great Lakes, inland lakes, rivers and waterfalls. In a connection to science students briefly explore how glaciers helped to create some of these natural (physical) characteristics. The lesson uses multiple resources including informational text, legends and photographs.
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson students continue their study of the geographic theme of ‘place’ by exploring significant human characteristics of Michigan including bridges, cities, highways and lighthouses. In addition, students explore how people interact with natural (physical) characteristics by creating human characteristics (e.g. bridges are built over rivers, towns are built along bays.)
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. This lesson expands upon the concept of region by having students invent ways to divide Michigan into regions. Students compare the Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula of Michigan and then explore other ways in which Michigan can be divided into regions based on common characteristics (e.g., the Thumb, the Fruit Belt). Finally students examine regions to which Michigan belongs. (e.g., Great Lakes Region, Midwest).
This Roadmap is a remix of Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS put together all in one place. In this lesson students connect geography to economics as they explore how natural resources are used to produce goods and services in Michigan. They use specific examples such as the use of fertile soil to grow major crops. Students then use a Michigan product to dissect the resources necessary for production. In exploring Michigan products, the concept of entrepreneurship is introduced.
This Roadmap is a remix of Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson students connect geography to economics as they explore how natural resources are used to produce goods and services in Michigan. They use specific examples such as the use of fertile soil to grow major crops. Students then use a Michigan product to dissect the resources necessary for production. In exploring Michigan products, the concept of entrepreneurship is introduced.
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. This lesson begins with a scenario showing how scarcity results from the tension between limited resources and unlimited wants. Students then participate in a simulation involving economic decisions, choice, and opportunity costs. During the simulation, incentives such as sales are introduced. Students then apply these concepts to economic choices made in the state of Michigan by looking at how businesses and industries are affected by scarcity, choice and incentives.
This Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson students continue to explore the concepts of scarcity, choice, and productive resources as they examine different types of economic activities in Michigan. They begin by identifying goods and services produced in their own local communities. Next, they explore a wide variety of Michigan products by playing a simple game and then categorizing the Michigan products according to economic activities such as manufacturing, agriculture, and mining. Next they take a brief look at service industries and tourism as well as research and development. Throughout the lesson, they use their knowledge of Michigan’s physical and human geography to answer the question: “Why is this economic activity located here?”
This lesson begins with students connecting back to second grade and brainstorming reasons that people specialize (e.g., they have a special skill or talent, availability of productive resources, etc.). They then examine how specialization results in trade with others as they complete a graphic organizer depicting the relationship among specialization, trade, and interdependence. They expand their thinking as they consider how states and countries also specialize and are interdependent through an exploration of Michigan imports and exports.
This lesson involves students using what they have learned about Michigan’s economic activities to explore Michigan’s economic future. Students are introduced to the importance of business development and entrepreneurship for Michigan’s economic future through a short, simplified newspaper article on a small company producing wind turbines. Next, they explore why wind turbine production and wind farms may become a vital part of Michigan’s economic future.
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and pieces of the GIANTS all in one place. This lesson expands on students’ understanding of the concept of government which was introduced in grade 2. It begins with a small group activity where students explore what a community would be like without a government. After examining some of the important purposes of government, students study specific ways the Michigan state government works to fulfill these purposes.
This Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. This lesson serves as an introduction to the concept of levels of government. It begins with a review of the purposes of government. Students then explore the similarities and differences of state and local governments. Finally, they draw conclusions as to why state governments are needed.
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3, and GIANTS all in one place. Through a brief introduction to the concept of a republic, students learn that in our system of government, the power resides with the people. During the lesson, students identify their state representative and state senator.
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson students explore how the Michigan constitution limits the power of government by separating power. Students begin by creating a graphic organizer illustrating the organization of their local government. Students then examine how power is separated among the three branches of Michigan government and construct an organizer illustrating the branches.
This Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. This lesson explores some of the rights of citizens such as freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and the right to vote. After students brainstorm a list of rights, they discuss how laws and governments protect people’s rights and how rights come with responsibilities. The lesson concludes with students creating a visual depiction of some of the rights and responsibilities of Michigan citizens.
The Roadmap is a remix of Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. This foundational lesson introduces students to historical reasoning through the analysis of primary sources, such as historical maps and photographs. They examine how historians are detectives of the past and use evidence from primary and secondary sources. Students then explore the chronology of the settlement of a village in Michigan and identify the causes and effects of the founding of the community.
The Roadmap is a remix of Michigan Open Book, MC3, and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson students apply what they have learned about the study of history to American Indian cultures in Michigan. They explore early American Indian groups in Michigan. Students then identify similarities and differences among the groups known as the “Three Fires.” Geography concepts are applied when students examine how American Indians used, adapted to, and modified the environment. The lesson concludes as students connect the past to the present by investigating American Indians in Michigan today.
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3, and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson, students explore the movement of the French into Michigan and the influence of these newcomers on native cultures. Students analyze illustrations, maps, narrative text, timelines, and other sources as they gather historical evidence about this time period in Michigan history.
The Roadmap is a remix of the Michigan Open Book, MC3 and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson, students explore how conflicts between the French and British led to the British taking control of Michigan. Students then examine the impact of the British on native cultures. Using illustrations, maps, timelines, and other sources, students gather historical evidence about this time period in Michigan history. Throughout the lesson a focus is placed on the identification of causes and effects.
The Roadmap is a remix of Michigan Open Book, MC3 and Giants all in one place. In this lesson students learn about early pioneer life in Michigan, including why settlement in Michigan was slow at first. Through primary sources and literature, students explore the challenges pioneers faced. They also analyze artifacts of an early settler cabin from an archaeological dig. Finally, students use what they have learned to construct a historical narrative about daily life in the early settlements of Michigan.
This is a Roadmap that is a remix of Michigan Open Book, MC3, and GIANTS all in one place. In this lesson, students first explore factors that led to increased population growth in Michigan. Students create a timeline and use maps and other resources as they learn how Michigan attained statehood. A focus is placed on the causal relationships between various events. In addition, the influence of individuals in creating history is addressed through examples such as Lewis Cass, Stevens T. Mason, and the many early settlers who came to Michigan.
This Roadmap is a full year plan that covers the geography, economics, government and history of Michigan.
This Roadmap contains teaching videos and activities that require students to solve problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length. Students will create a video to show that they know how to solve problems involving perimeter after completing the activities with success.
In this unit students explore the United States through the social studies discipline of geography. In exploring the United States in spatial terms, students first consider the location of the United States. They learn about and use a variety of geographic tools such as maps, globes, and satellite images to answer the question “Where is the United States?” Next, students examine the concept of place relative to the United States. They use songs, stories, photographs, and aerial images to investigate the question, “What is it like there?” and to describe significant physical and human characteristics. Students also use the concept of regions to compare sections of the United States. They build on their understanding that regions are defined by common characteristics and explore ways in which the United States can be divided into regions. Students then compare a region to which Michigan belongs with other regions in the United States using special purpose maps. In doing so, students examine geographic features such as elevation, climate, and patterns of population density in the United States. As a culminating project, students summarize what they have learned by creating a poster, picture book, Flipbook slide show or other visual describing the United States according to the geographic themes of location, place, and regions.
This is one lesson in the geography theme with the driving question, "What is Geography?".
Try to answer the driving question about the mysteries of the Great Lakes. Through the years there have been many sightings of mysterious creatures and structures. Learn about these mysteries.
This BrainVenture takes you through the process of how eggs get to your home. It also explains that eggs can be different colors and that there is a way to determine that color by looking at the chicken.
Learn about how coins are made and to identify the coins through videos and games.
This Roadmap looks at the physical trait of a Hermit Crab that help it survive. The reading is leveled and guides the students to compare and recognize cause and effect within the reading. Students will then create a virtual aquarium and hermit crab of their own. Students will then learn how to use the animation feature of the Flipbook by making their hermit crab walk across the aquarium. Next they are open to make a book of their favorite animals in different environment. They will use a label to name the physical traits and tell how they help them survive.
Students learn about chameleons as they read, write, listen, and create.
In this BrainVenture student take a look at the manatee and its environment in the Everglades of Florida. Students read and watch videos about the manatee then do a comparison of the sea cow and the cow. Students are also prompted to help save the manatees by writing a letter.
Students learn about ducks as they read, write, listen, and create.
This is a look at how coins and bills are produced along with some practice with identifying and calculating using money.
Students learn about sharks as they read, write, listen, and create.
Students learn about how crayons are made as they read, listen, write, & create.