Best Teaching Resources for Wisconsin Studies
Heidi Ebert, Mike Madden, Marilyn Penn, and/or Mark Waggoner
● Children’s Books
● Children’s Newspapers
● Curriculum Materials
● Contemporary Texts
● Teacher Background
● Audiovisual Materials
● Technology Resources
● Geography Resources
● Immigration Resource
● Lead Mining Resources
● Native Americans
● Wisconsin Government
Anderson, P. (1995). John Muir: Wilderness prophet. New York: Franklin Watts.
Anderson, P. (1995). Aldo Leopold, American ecologist. New York: Franklin Watts.
Burns, D. L. (1994). Cranberries: Fruit of the bogs. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books.
Devlin, W. & Devlin, H. (1971). Cranberry Thanksgiving. New York: Four Winds Press.
Dunlap, J. (1993). Aldo Leopold: Living with the land. Frederick, MD: Twenty-First Century Books.
Duvall, J. (1991). A new true book: The Oneida. Chicago: Childrens Press.
Erdrich, L. (1999). The birchbark house. New York: Hyperion Books for Children.
Gemming, E. (1983). The cranberry book. New York: Coward-McCann.
Gokay, N. H. (1980). Sugar Bush: Making maple syrup. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale Educational Publishers.
Greene, J. D. (1993). The Chippewa. New York: Franklin Watts.
Holling, H. C. (1941). Paddle-to-the-sea. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Jaspersohn, W. (1991). Cranberries. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
McCormick, D. (1997). Paul Bunyan swings his axe. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers.
Panagopoulos, J.L. (1993). Traders in time: A dream-quest adventure. Spring Lake, MI: River Road.
Sorensen, V. (1984). Miracles on Maple Hill. New York: Scholastic.
Wilder, L. I. (1971). Farmer Boy. New York: HarperTrophy.
Wilder, L. I. (1971). Little house in the big woods. New York: HarperTrophy.
Great State Wisconsin: America’s Dairyland is written for fourth-graders and is published monthly from September through May by GREATSTATE, Wisconsin P. O. Box 445, Plymouth, Wisconsin 53073. Phone/Fax 920-528-8551.
Friedel, M. & Boers, D. (1992). The history of Wisconsin through integrated student creations. Ripon, WI: WISC Publications. (Contains activities, song sheets, and cassette recording of songs.)
Friedel, M. & Boers, D. (1996). The history of Wisconsin through integrated student creations, volume 2. Ripon, WI: WISC Publications. Available from WISC Publications, 816 Newbury Street, Ripon, Wisconsin 54971. (Includes Unit 1: Glaciers in Our State; Unit 2: River Highways, Unit 3: Explorers of Wisconsin, Unit 4: American Indians.)
Friedel, M. & Friedel, S. (1996). WISC 2 songs [Cassette Recording]. Ripon, WI: Friedeljuice Studio. (Songs include: “Ice Bulldozer,” “Wayward Water,” “French Explorer Rap-Dance,” “Glory of the Morning,” “Polka Rock,” and “Wisconsin Government Song.” The tape accompanies the booklet The History of Wisconsin Integrated Student Creations 2. At least one song is designed for each unit.)
Maenner, A. M. (2000-2001). This business called agriculture. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Agribusiness Foundation. Available from Wisconsin Agribusiness Foundation, 2820 Walton Commons West Suite 100, Madison, WI 53718-6797, 608-224-1450, www.wisagri.com.
Menominee Tribal Enterprises, April, 1997, The Menominee forest management tradition: History, principles and practices. Available from the Menominee Tribal Enterprises Forest Division, P.O. Box 10, Neopit, WI 54150.
Wisconsin Cartographers’ Guild & Malone, B. (2000). Mapping Wisconsin history: Teacher’s guide and student materials. Madison, WI: State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Department of Tourism. (2003). Wisconsin: The rise of Wisconsin’s early industries. Available from Wisconsin Department of Tourism, PO Box 7976, Madison, WI 53707-7976. (Contains a newsletter for fourth-grade students explaining some of the early industries, poster of early industries and where people can learn about these industries today, curriculum ideas for teachers, and a letter to parents.)
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. (2002-2003). Agriculture in the classroom: 2002-2003 resource guide. Available from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, 1212 Deming Way, Madison, WI 53717, 608-828-5710, www.wisagclassroom.org. (Provides resources on beef, clothing/fiber, corn, dairy, eggs, general agriculture, honey, peanuts, paper, pork, soybeans, sugar, and sunflowers. It also has a section on children’s books dealing with agriculture, agricultural websites, and list of Wisconsin agricultural facts.)
Wisconsin Paper Council. (1998). Paper makes Wisconsin great! A multi-disciplinary educational program for upper elementary grades from the Wisconsin Paper Council. Neenah, WI: Author.
Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association. (n.d.) Cranberries: Positively Wisconsin. Available from the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association, P.O. Box 365, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-0365, 715-423-2070. (Contains pictures of cranberry growing and harvesting; a map showing the different Wisconsin counties where cranberries are grown; a timeline of important events in cranberry growth and production; vocabulary words related to the cranberry industry; and extension activities about cranberries.
General (check carefully for accuracy)
Romano, L. G. & Georgiady, N. P. (1977). Follett social studies: Exploring our state Wisconsin. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Burckel, L. H., Burckel, N. C., Knopp, S. L., & Vogeler, I. K.. (1985). The world and its people: Wisconsin yesterday and today. New York: Silver Burdett and Ginn.
English, B. J. & Calhoun, S. C. (1992). The Wisconsin story. Oklahoma City, OK: Apple Corps Publishers. (earlier edition of The Wisconsin Adventure)
English, B. J. & Calhoun, S. C. (2000). The Wisconsin adventure: Millenium edition. Oklahoma City, OK: Apple Corps Publishers. (Later edition of The Wisconsin Story.)
Contemporary Texts (great accuracy)
Holliday, D. Y. & Mallone, B. (1997). Digging and discovery: Wisconsin archaeology. Madison, WI: State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Mallone, B. (2000). Digging and discovery: Wisconsin archaeology, teachers’s guide and student materials, 2nd ed.). Madison, WI: State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Malone, B. (1998). Learning from the land: Wisconsin land use. Madison, WI: State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Malone, B. & Fajardo, A. (1998). Learning from the land: Wisconsin land use, teachers’s guide and student materials. Madison, WI: State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Malone, B. & Gray, J. J. (2001). Working with water: Wisconsin waterways. Madison, WI: State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Malone, B., Gray, J. J., & Fajardo, A. (2001) Working with water: Wisconsin waterways, teachers’s guide and student materials. Madison, WI: State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Pferdehirt, J. (2003). They came to Wisconsin. Madison, WI: State Historical Society.
Brown, H. (2003). They came to Wisconsin, teachers’s guide and student materials. Madison, WI: State Historical Society.
Buehl, D. (2001). Setting priorities with fact pyramids. In Classroom strategies for interactive learning (2nd ed.) (pp. 16-21). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Mason, B. (Director). (1996, live action). Paddle-to-the-sea [Video]. Original Title Code: 105C0166061.
Warner Studios VHS (Producer). (1996, animated). Paddle-to-the-sea. ASIN: 6304202377.
Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and the Department of Public Instruction (Producers). (1996). Exploring Wisconsin our home [Video]. (Available from the Department of Public Instruction, Madison, WI) (Deals with different cultural groups who immigrated to Wisconsin and where they settled in the state, the Peshtigo fire, and shipwrecks off the tip of Door County.)
Mittermaier, B. (2000). Wisconsin forests forever [CD-Rom and teacher’s guide]. Rhinelander, WI: Wisconsin Forest Resources Education Alliance. (Available from Wisconsin Forest Resources Education Alliance 6343 Highway 8 West, Rhinelander, WI 54501, 888-WFREA-64. The CD-Rom also lists a website for learning more about Wisconsin forests at www.wfrea.org. CD-Rom includes video clips and a tour of Wisconsin forests in the northern, central, and southern part of the state. Deals with how trees compete for water, sunlight, and nutrients; a chronology of Wisconsin’s forest history; forest communities; forest product activities; making paper; jobs that depend on forests; recreational value of forests; how forests in Wisconsin have changed. Includes Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for environmental education, science, social studies, language arts, and math.)
Ebert, H., Golden, R., Harm, N., Kidder, G., Linzmeier, B. & Thompson, B. (2001). The changing of the land: A Wisconsin forest history unit [CD-Rom]. Amherst, WI: Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. (Includes Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards met through the curriculum, master materials list, vocabulary list, references and resources for teachers, background information for each lesson, evaluation methods, extension activities, and classroom resources for each lesson. The 10 lessons focus on:
(1) Wisconsin’s early forests and its inhabitants
(2) Forestry needs more than trees
(3) The logging process
(4) Lumberjack life
(5) Farming the cutover and Wisconsin ghost towns
(6) The Peshtigo fire
(7) Politics and forestry beginnings in Wisconsin
(8) Rebuilding our forests
(9) Forest products and technology
(10) Managing for the future
Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. (1998). Wisconsin: Celebrating People, Place and Past [CD-Rom and Teacher’s Guide]. Madison, WI: Author. (The guide has viewing questions for students when they use the CD Rom; answer key for questions; lesson plans for each of the five themes of land, people, work, government, and recreation; and a glossary of terms.)
N.A. Mammoth mystery. Retrived November 27, 2003 from www.wisconsinhistory.org/kids/index.cfm#. (It begins at the Kenosha Public Museum in which students learn more about Paleo-Indians and the mammoths they ate. Requires students to use inductive reasoning or taking specific pieces of information and generalizing or reaching a conclusion. It shows how archaeologists can arrive at conclusions about the relationship between Paleo Indians and mammoths.)
Kanetzke, H. (Ed.). (1976, January). Wisconsin geography. Badger History, 29. (Deals with Wisconsin’s five geographic regions, glaciers, Wisconsin rivers, and kettle moraine.)
Burckel, L. H., Burckel, N. C., Knopp, S. L., & Vogeler, I. K.. (1985). The world and its people: Wisconsin yesterday and today. New York: Silver Burdett and Ginn. (Chapter 1 focuses on Wisconsin’s land and climate, how the glaciers influenced Wisconsin’s geography, and the five geographical regions of the state.)
Adeline Hartung. (1981). Wisconsin map studies program. Tallahassee, FL: Graphic Learning Corporation. (Includes teacher’s guide with student activity worksheets and large write-on desk maps of Wisconsin.)
Charles, V. (1998). Wisconsin past and present. Waterbury, CT: Graphic Learning. (Updated version of 1981 teacher’s guide and desk maps. Available from Graphic Learning, 61 Mattatuck Heights, Waterbury, CT 06705.)
Anderson, D. (1998). Immigrant voices: The dream, the journey, new beginnings. Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review, Sesquicentennial Issue, 15 (1), 45-65.
Lead Mining Resources
Kanetzke, H. W. (1978). Lead mining in Wisconsin. Badger History, 31. 13-17.
Malone, B. (1998). On the look–out for lead. Learning from the land: Wisconsin land use (pp.28-32). Madison, WI: State Historical Society.
Malone, B. & Fajardo, A. (1998). Miners’ superstitions. Learning from the land: Wisconsin land use, teacher’s guide and student materials (pp. 55-60). Madison, WI: State Historical Society.
Malone, B. (2000). Artifacts and features from a lead-mining site. Digging and discovery: Wisconsin archaeology, teacher’s guide and student materials (pp. 50-54). Madison, WI: State Historical Society.
Charles, V. (1998). Mining in the early days. Wisconsin past and present (pp. 60-61). Waterbury, CT: Graphic Learning.
Malone, B. (2000). Mining and shipping. Mapping Wisconsin history: teacher’s guide and student materials (pp.85-91). Madison, WI: State Historical Society.
Malone, B. (2000). Native Americans. Mapping Wisconsin history: teacher’s guide and student materials (pp. 17-40). Madison, WI: State Historical Society. (Contains maps showing Native American removal from their homelands to lands west of Wisconsin, the attempted removal of the Ojibwa, Native American treaty lands, Wisconsin Indian lands today, and the map comparing treaty lands to current tribal lands.)
The Ho-Chunk Nation. (n.d.). Ho-Chunk Nation web site available at http://ho-chunknation.com.
Sara J. Kruhl (Ed.). (2003). 2003 Legislative directory. Madison, WI: Wisconsin State Journal. (Available from Wisconsin State Journal, PO Box 8056, Madison, WI 53708.)
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