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Great Plains States
THE GREAT PLAINS STATES UNIT features six nonfiction informational text lessons with engaging higher and lower level hands-on activities to provide students with an in-depth study of the six Great Plains States (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.)
Students will explore the history of each Great Plains state's first people, early explorers, famous colonists and leaders, early government, important battles and wars, and each state's journey to statehood.
In addition, every lesson in the Great Plains States Unit has been professionally recorded with words and music. Set up a Listening Center for your reluctant readers or use the audio to enhance whole group instruction!
The Great Plains States includes a balanced mix of lower and higher level hands-on activities that focus on:
- questions after each of the six lessons to assess informational text comprehension
- language skills activities that foster literacy in Social Studies
- how-to-draw activities to practice functional text comprehension
- reference mapping skills utilizing number pairs to plot points on a coordinate grid
- reference mapping skills using cardinal and intermediate directions to plot historic places of interest on a map
- concept web followed by expository writing practice~we take students through the writing process
- primary and secondary source differentiation
- historical times lines using picture cues~great for ELL students!
- morse code activity to learn more about the history of the telegraph system
- Great Plains States vocabulary and states and capitals quizzes~context-appropriate glossary, grading rubrics, and answer pages included
The Great Plains States is one of EIGHT titles in our US Regions Series. Purchase the Great Plains States separately or save money by purchasing the entire US REGIONS BUNDLE.
Download the Great Plains States Preview to see the complete Table of Contents, Lesson Plans, sample Lessons, and Activities.
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