Montana History and Heritage
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Online Professional Development
Earn OPI Renewal Units, discover exciting educational resources, and learn new ideas for engaging students by taking one or more of these self-paced interactive modules.
Montana: Stories of
the Land Companion Website
Discover over twelve thousand years of Montana history. If you are working on a particular chapter at school, visit that chapter page for copies of the worksheets and interesting related links. You can also use the search function to find information about particular topics. Or you can read the online version of the book, Montana: Stories of the Land, cover to cover, since all twenty-two chapters have been posted as low-resolution pdf files. (Designed for use in middle school, but adaptable to elementary and high school). Aligned to Montana Content Standards and the Essential Understandings, this comprehensive curriculum traces Montana history over the last twelve thousand years, and offers supporting lesson plans, worksheets, tests, and more.
Hands-On History Footlockers
(Designed for use in elementary school, but adaptable to middle and
high school) Bring reproduction artifacts, photographs,
documents and other resources to your classroom to enrich your
students' experience of Montana history. (Or use some of the
standard's-based lesson plans - even without ordering the
Indian Education for All
The Montana Historical Society has produced a number of lesson plans to help your students grasp the Essential Understandings regarding Montana Indians while learning more about specific Montana history topics.
Here are links to online biographies of 48 Montanans, from
Assinniboine/Gros Ventre educator and poet Minerva Allen.
Businesswoman Sarah Bickford, copper king Marcus Daly, wilderness
advocate Bob Marshall, physician Caroline McGill, decorated World
War II veteran George Oiye and bronc rider Alice Orr to nun and
advocate Sister Providencia Tolan, politician Burton K. Wheeler, and
lawyer and Crow tribal chairman Robert Yellowtail. Designed
particularly for use by 4th grade students for biography projects,
each subject has links to two sources to facilitate meeting
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.9: "Integrate information from two texts
on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject
Mosaic: 20th-Century People and Events (Designed for use
in high school, but adaptable to middle school). Aligned to
Montana Content Standards and the Essential Understandings, Montana
Mosaic explores twentieth-century Montana through twelve brief
films, posted as streaming video. User guides are available as
downloadable pdf files.
A to Z, Lesson Plan. Help your students expand their
knowledge of Montana’s geography and Montana places and improve
their map-reading skills with this engaging, interactive lesson.
Thinking Like a
Historian: Using Digital Newspapers in the Classroom
(Designed for 4th-8th). Have students exercise their historical
imaginations as while introducing them to the research, the richness
of historic newspapers, and the social history of gold-rush era
Montana Newspapers on Chronicling America.
Newspapers are the closest thing we have to a time machine. See
which issues and papers are available for online research.
National History Day
The Montana Historical Society is proud to support the Treasure State’s participation in National History Day, a nation-wide contest that makes history come alive for America's youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past.
Oral History in the Classroom. This handy pamphlet includes
the information you need (including legal forms and classroom
exercises) to teach your students to conduct oral histories. The
Montana Historical Society loans digital recorders and transcription
machines on a first come, first served basis. Find the
Equipment Loan Form here.
Capitol: Step into Helena's Past. Tour Helena with this
booklet in hand. By comparing the historical photographs
contained within to the streetscape today, students can gain an
understanding of how Helena grew and an appreciation for the
buildings that remain to reflect the community's rich history.
|Girl from the Gulches: The Story of Mary Ronan Study Guide (Designed for students 6-10). This study guide includes lesson plans, vocabulary, chapter summaries and questions, alignment to the Common Core, and other information to facilitate classroom use of Girl from the Gulches: The Story of Mary Ronan, as told to Margaret Ronan, edited by Ellen Baumler. Set in the second half of the nineteenth century, this highly readable 222-page memoir details Mary Sheehan Ronan’s journey across the Great Plains, her childhood on the Colorado and Montana mining frontiers, her ascent to young womanhood in Southern California, her return to Montana as a young bride, and her life on the Flathead Indian Reservation as the wife of an Indian agent. Book One, which provides a child’s-eye view of the mining frontier, is available to download as a PDF. Classroom sets of Girl from the Gulches can be purchased from the Montana Historical Society Museum Store by calling toll free 1-800-243-9900.|
Montana Ancient Teachings: A Curriculum for Montana Archaeology and Prehistory (Designed for 4th-8th). Introduce elementary and middle school students to the world of archaeology and what archaeologists have learned about Montana prehistory through archaeology and related scientific disciplines.
Americans in Montana Heritage Resources (Designed for 4th
through 8th, adaptable for high school). Scroll to the bottom
of the page to find the standard's-based lesson plans designed to
help your class explore this understudied aspect of our state's
Richest Hills: Mining in the Far West Lesson Plans
Teachers participating in an NEH funded workshop created
lesson plans using the information, materials, and tools they gained
during a weeklong study of Virginia City, Butte, and Helena. Their
lessons - some related directly to Montana's mining history, others
focused on other topics but using primary source analysis and other
techniques emphasized in the workshop - are organized by grade level
(from kindergarten through twelfth grade).
Montana The Magazine of Western History
Curriculum Guides (Designed for high school). Montana
The Magazine of Western History has put the text of several
theme issues on-line along with ideas using the articles. These
interdisciplinary lessons include full-text of the articles
included in that issue along with discussion questions and
suggestions for supplemental activities. Guides are available
for the following special issues:
Arrange to bring your students to Helena to experience the museum, capitol, and Original Governor's Mansion first hand.
Montana History Links
Looking to research a particular topic in Montana History? Montana History Links is a good place to start.