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Chapter 1: Connecting to Our State's Story | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Chapter 1: Connecting to Our State's Story

Supplemental materials for the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

Chapter 1: Connecting to Our State's Story | Wisconsin Historical Society
EnlargeElevated view of the third Wisconsin State Capitol ablaze.

Fire at the Wisconsin State Capitol, 1904

"Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story" is written to help students focus on the big ideas of history — a narrative in time and place. Along with acquiring the essential vocabulary to understand and describe our history, students also master literacy skills through the textbook's unique interdisciplinary approach.

Using maps, objects, drawings, paintings, photographs, letters and journal pages, students are immersed in historical evidence strategically placed on each page.  This visual and textual context is designed to deepen students' understanding of Wisconsin history, visual literacy, and introduce them to a framework to help them think like historians.

Find reproducible worksheets and other cross-curricular activities for all chapters of the textbook in the Student Activity Guide.

Book cover for Thinking Like a Historian: Rethinking History Instruction.

'Thinking Like a Historian: Rethinking History Instruction'

By Nikki Mandell and Bobbie Malone

Read about this teaching and learning framework that explains the concepts the 4th grade textbook - "Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story" is based on.
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  • Chapter 1 Assessment
    (Word document, 1 page, 200 KB) This assessment is a Microsoft Word document, which allows you to customize it for your classroom.

Interactive Whiteboard Resources

  • Chapter 1 SMART Notebook Activities
    (.notebook format, 10.8 MB) To view or download the interactive whiteboard resources, you need a login and password.  Learn more about how to access these materials on our Interactive Whiteboard Resources page. Interactive whiteboard files have been created on SMART Notebook 11 software and work best with SMART interactive whiteboard hardware.

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