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4th Michigan

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3rd /4th Grade

Michigan Unit





Strand II. Geographic Perspective
Students will use knowledge of spatial patterns on earth to
understand processes that shape human environments and to
make decisions about society.
Knowledge of geography enables us to analyze both the
physical features and the cultural aspects of our world. By
helping us understand relationships within and between places,
a geographic perspective brings an understanding of
interdependence within local, national, and global
communities. Over time and in varying contexts, students
construct an increasingly sophisticated.


Overview of Michigan


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Michigan made very slow progress in settlement and population up to 1820. From its first discovery, about 1610, until 1763, the territory was claimed, or governed by the French. It was then ceded to Great Britain, and in 1783, at the close of the war of the Revolution, was transferred to the United States. The British government, the violation of the treaty, became possession of the military posts of the territory, and it did not come into actual American possession until July 11, 1796. (Vicki Wilson and Debbie Axtman)


1000 to 1860  Native American groups:  Algonquian groups including Menominee (South central Upper Peninsula), Ojibwa (Eastern Upper Peninsula), Ottawa (Eastern Upper Peninsula, Canada), Potawatomi (Western lower Michigan),  Mascouten (Western and central southern lower Michigan), Sauk (Eastern central lower Michigan), Fox (Eastern lower Michigan, near Lake Huron), Kickapoo (Southeastern corner of lower Michigan), Miami (Southwestern corner of lower Michigan)







1600’s                                     Colonized by the French

1700’s 1754                            The French and Indian War unofficially begins with the

                                                 Battle of Jumonville Glen

1758                                         Fort Frontenac was captured by British

1763:                                       George III of the United Kingdom in the Royal Proclamation of 1763 proclaims that the newly acquired North American land except Quebec, West Florida and East Florida will be an Indian Reserve prohibiting settlement without British permission west of the Appalachian Mountains.

1783                                        The area that is now Michigan is included with the territory ceded by Great Britain to the United States by the Treaty of Paris

1805                                        Michigan Territory was created, with Detroit designated as the seat of government

1821                                        With the Treaty of Chicago, the Ojibwe, Ottawa, and Potawatomi ceded all the lands south of the Grand River to the United States

1835                                        First Constitutional Convention.

1837                                        Admitted as a free state into the union (the 26th state)



Michigan Way Back When



Native Americans

Watch the Video below. It will open in Windows Media Player



Lumbering in Michigan

The video below as some nice historial pictures of our early lumbering days



Web Links







5 Themes of Geography applied to Michigan


What are the Five themes?





Where is it?

  • Absolute: A location can be absolute (specific) as in coordinates of a map using longitude and latitude

  • Relative: A location can be relative - examples: next door, nearby, a short drive, down the road a ways. Or, it can be in the same general location as another location - example: next to the post office.



A place is an area that is defined by everything in it. All places have features that give them personality and distinguish them from other places. 

If you refer to your school as a place, then that place would include walls, windows, gym, cafeteria, classrooms, people, clothing, books, maps, mops, brooms, hallways, mice (if you have them) and everything else in the school, including the languages spoken



A region is an area that is defined by certain similar characteristics. Those unifying or similar characteristics can be physical, natural, human, or cultural.



Movement refers to the way people, products, information and ideas move from one place to another. This can be local such as how did you get to school today, or it can be global such as how did humans get to North America?  


Human-Environment Interaction  

Human-environment interaction looks at the relationships between people and their environment; how people adapt to the environment and how they change it. 

  • How do people depend on the environment? (Example: In ancient times, the annual flooding of the Nile River produced good soil for growing crops.)

  • How to people adapt to the environment? (Example: The ancient Egyptians rebuilt their homes each year, after the annual flooding. As time went on, they built their homes above the flood plain.) 

  • How do people modify the environment? (Example: The ancient Egyptians built irrigation ditches to help water the crops. In modern times, Egypt built a dam to control the flood waters of the Nile River.)


Assignment 1: Download the Powerpoint Template for Michigan 5 themes of Geography and with a partner add sentences that describe each theme. Then add a picture to illustrate.


Michigan’s 5 themes of Geography.pptx



Assignment 2- Photostory on the History, People, Places,and  Events that define Michigan


1. Research and take notes


Famous people in Michigan


Rosa Parks http://www.rosaparks.org/bio.html ople




Father Marquette





Henry Ford






John Ball




 Louis Joliet





Sieur de la Salle


Louis Campau



Albert Stickley  (1851-1954)-Stickley Brothers



John R. Cassleman



Thomas Edison- grew up in Port Huron Mi






Joe Louis



Gerald R. Ford






Michigan Landfeatures


 The mountains, hills, valleys, plains, and coastlines — are the foundation on which the modern state of Michigan was created. Glacial landforms dominate the surface of the whole state except the western half of the Upper Peninsula, where eroded remnants of some of the oldest mountains on earth are found.


Symbols for Michigan






Web Links









Michigan is located in the East of the North Central region of the United States. Ohio and Indiana surround it on the south and Lake Michigan on the west. Lake Huron is on Michigan's east; Lake Superior is on Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Lake Huron is on Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Michigan also touches Lake Erie on its southwest corner.

There are many interesting facts about Michigan. Michigan's total size is 58,572 square miles. Its’ population is 9,500,200 people











WE are going to down load pictures that represent the facts we learned below

WE will use Photostory to create a digital story book about Michigan's climate and weather. 



Climate and Weather




·        Michigan has a temperate climate with well-defined seasons.

·        The climate in Michigan is unpredictable and changes rapidly particularly during the spring and autumn months.

·        The Great Lakes influence the climate by generally warming the winters and cooling the summers.

·        The lakes also create more humidity and moisture throughout the year. Snowfall is heavy in winter and Lake Erie is often iced over.

·        The north generally experiences cooler weather compared to the south.

·        The climate in Michigan is unpredictable and changes rapidly particularly during the spring and autumn months





Below is a video Tutorial of how to use Photo Story 3



or you can learn how to use photo story by following the links below


Photostory is one of Microsoft's best kept secrets. This free software package is on your CD or, you can download it from Microsoft. Using Photostory, you can create slideshows using your digital photos. With a single click, you can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures, remove red-eye, add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then, you can personalize them with titles and captions. Small file sizes make it easy to send your photo stories in an e-mail or watch them on your TV, a computer, or a Windows Mobile–based portable device.




 Fun  Facts to Know and Tell









Download and fill in the Powerpoint with the information you learned from completing the lesson above.




Don't forget to add animation effects and timings!



Web Links










Click here to go back to the Interactive Lesson Page

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