• 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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  • The Dakota Conflict

    The Dakota Conflict

    Throughout this unit, students will learn how the Civil War played a major role on the developments that led to the Dakota Conflict. Students will compare and contrast the perspectives of settlers, politicians traditional Dakota and farm Dakota as they investigate the happenings of the bloddiest conflict on Minnesota Soil which led to the largest mass execution by the government in the history of the United States.

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  • Minnesota Territory

    Minnesota Territory

    Throughout this unit, students will learn how Minnesota's physical landscape helped transform the "western land" into a thriving new territory, coveted by the United States for numerous reasons. From the abundant forests in the north to the rolling prairies which would produce abundant agricultural yields, Minnesota's rivers and lakes because a natural highway used to help fuel an expanding nation.

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