Minnesota Studies

Minnesota Poster
  • The history of Minnesota is full of rich and interesting events which have been woven together over time. In this course, we will explore how and why Minnesota is how we view it today. But remember, there are always multiple perspectives and interpretations of historic events. Through participating in practices such as historical inquiry, students will transform into history and geography detectives where they will piece together evidence, analyze sources, interpret historic documents and hypothesize the greater meaning of events, people and places that shaped our state while placing them into a broader context, both relevant to the past and to us today.

    Check out the units we will explore throughout the year to learn more about what makes Minnesota such a unique place on our American landscape.

  • Minnesota Geography: Biomes and Places

    Minnesota Geography: Biomes and Places

    Throughout this unit, students will learn about Minnesota's physical and built landscape. With four biomes, Minnesota has one of the most diverse landscapes in the entire country. We'll learn about why the northstar state is known as the land of 10,000 lakes. We'll hypothesize why different regions are more populated than other places in our state and try to determine what role the built landscape will have on the development or possible destruction of some of our states most enduring areas.

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  • The Dakota

    The Dakota

    Discover Dakota traditions and culture and see how they shaped Minnesota before and after European/American settlement

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  • The Ojibwe

    The Ojibwe

    Learn about the origin story and migration of the Anishinaabe as we explore how their heritage has helped to shape Minnesota.

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  • The Great Fur Trade

    The Great Fur Trade

    Participate in fur trading activities as we explore how the global trade network relied on the interactions of the fur trade.

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  • Treaties


    Throughout this unit, students will learn how Minnesota transformed from a place were Europeans participated in the great fur trade to a land that is being occupied by westward expansion. Through a series of land sales and acquisition, Dakota and Ojibwe lands deminish as Minnesota inches closer to a United States territory.

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