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Title – Michigan
By – Nancy Hagerty
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects –
Grade Level – 1-2
Objective: Given a map of the United States, students will locate the peninsula of Michigan and list 3 facts about our state.

M is for Mitten by Annie Appleford
— Story web worksheet
Please note, the above worksheet was not provided by the author, but it is not needed to complete the lesson plan.

Anticipatory Set:
We have been talking about Michigan in some of our lessons. Because we live here, I know many of you know lots of different things about Michigan.
— Who can name one fact about Michigan?
We have also studied about landforms.
— Who can remember which landforms are found in Michigan?

— We shared photographs and stories about our community and many of you could share more stories about the places that you’ve been in Michigan.
— Just like we have certain businesses that are more important than others in our community, the same is true for the different locations in our state.
— Michigan has some resources that provide jobs for many of your parents.
— Remember Minna who lived in the Appalachian Mountains? (From The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills) Her community relied upon the resources from the mountains for their money.
— Michigan’s landforms are important to the jobs that are available for our families.

— This is an Alphabet Book all about the various products and resources found in Michigan.
— This story has two different genres; Part of it is a poem and the other part is non-fiction. Two different authors wrote this book.
— Both authors live in Michigan.
— The illustrator lives in Michigan too.
— WE all live in Michigan. Do you think we could write a book about the information we know about Michigan?
— I’ll bet we could.
— I am going to start a web up here on our story. We can fill it in after we finish the story.
— Now, listen as I share this story with you about Michigan. Notice the beautiful illustrations and see if you can recognize any of the places that you might have visited. We will discuss them after I have finished reading the story.

Check for Understanding:
— We sure did learn a lot of new things about Michigan!
— Who thinks we have enough information to write a story now?
— How should I start our web? (Michigan in the center).
— What are some of the facts that we discovered?
— Students help develop the web through discussion. Eventually the main headings are landforms, animals, places to see and other.
— Now I would like you to develop a web for your own story. Look at our class web and decide which topics interest you the most. You will need to choose 4. Write them on your web. These will be the topics of your story.
— Who thinks they know what they are going to write about?
— Who else has an idea?
— I hear some great ideas for stories. I can’t wait to read our book about Michigan!

Guided Practice:
— Students will use their webs to create a paragraph about Michigan.
— Each balloon from their web will be represented by one sentence in their story.

— The students will gather at the meeting place to share their stories about Michigan.

Independent Practice:
— The students will illustrate a picture depicting something about Michigan.

— A small table will be designated “The Michigan Table.”
— The students will be encouraged to bring in various products grown and/or manufactured in Michigan.
— Ambitious students could organize a “Michigan Feast Day” serving only the items grown or manufactured in Michigan.
— The “stories” and illustrations will be published by computer and bound into a class book.

M is for Mitten by Annie Appleford

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