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  • Maisa Social Studies Third Grade Units

    • Social Studies Unit 2

      The Economy of Michigan

      Key Concepts

      capital resources


      economic activities

      economic development



      human resources





      natural resources

      productive resources

      role of government




    • Unit 2 Lesson 1: Using Resources to Produce Goods and Services in Michigan

      • Geography is the study of places and how people interact with the environment.
      • One way people interact with the environment is by using natural resources.
      • Economics is the study of how people use limited resources to produce goods and services that people need or want.
      • Natural resources are studied in both geography and economics.
      • People also use human and capital resources to produce goods and services.
      • An entrepreneur is someone who combines the natural, human, and capital resources to produce goods or services.
    • Unit 2 Lesson 2: Scarcity, Choice, and Opportunity Cost

      • People use resources to produce goods and services.
      • Scarcity results because resources are limited and human wants are unlimited.
      • Because of scarcity, people must choose some things and give up others.
      • Incentives are sometimes used to get people to buy a certain good or service.
      • Incentives are also used to get people to produce a certain good or service or start their business in a particular place.

    • Unit 2 Lesson 3: Michigan's Economy Today

      • The economy of a state is based on the economic activities of a state.
      • Economic activities are the different ways people use resources to produce goods and services.
      • Important economic activities of Michigan include manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and tourism.
      • Providing services like banking is also an important economic activity of Michigan.
      • One special kind of service is research and development. In this economic activity people produce leading to new or improved goods and services.
      • The location of economic activities is often connected to the natural and human characteristics of an area.

    • Unit 2 Lesson 4: Specialization and Interdependence

      We can’t produce everything we need or want, so people trade to get things.

      People, states, and countries specialize in producing certain goods and services.

      The more people, states, and countries specialize and trade, the more interdependent they become.

      Trade is important to the economy of Michigan.

      Michigan exports goods like cars to other places.

      Michigan imports goods like computers and bananas from other places.

    • Unit 2 Lesson 5: Michigan's Economic Future

      The economic activities of a state have to change with the times. Therefore, businesses have to find new goods and services to produce.

      To produce new goods and services, businesses in Michigan have to use the resources Michigan has.

      The production of wind turbine parts could be an important new good for Michigan businesses to produce.

      Michigan could also create more wind farms to produce energy.

      It will take entrepreneurs, new ideas, and the good use of resources to help Michigan’s economy grow in the future.

    • Unit 2 Lesson 6: The Role of Government in Michigan's Economy

      The state government of Michigan plays a role in Michigan’s economy.

      The state government provides public goods and services such as state parks, highways, and state police.

      To pay for these public goods and services the state government collects money from taxes, fees, and fines.

    • Social Studies Unit 3

      The Early History of Michigan

      Key Concepts

      cause and effect




      human and environment interactions


      primary sources

      secondary sources



      • Unit 3 Lesson 1: Thinking like a historian

        History is the study of the past.

        Historians are people who study the past. 

        Historians are like detectives. They look for clues to understand the past. 

        Historians use both primary and secondary sources to study the past. 

        Some of the questions historians ask are “what happened?, and “when did it happen?”

        • Unit 3 Lesson 2: American Indians in Michigan

          Native Americans, or American Indians, were the first people in Michigan.

          The very first Native Americans in Michigan lived in Michigan long, long ago. They left behind artifacts like spear points and arrowheads.

          The Hopewell, or Mound-builders, lived in parts of Michigan after these early people. 

          After the Hopewell, came “The People of the Three Fires.” This was an alliance made up of the Potawatomi, the Odawa (Ottawa) and the Ojibway. They had similar cultures.

          Other Native Americans who lived in Michigan included the Miami, the Huron, and the Menominee.

          Many Native Americans still live in Michigan today. Like all cultural groups, it is important to them to keep their cultural traditions alive.

          • Unit 3 Lesson 3: Traditional Stories of Michigan Indians

            Stories were an important part of the cultures of Michigan Indians.

            Stories were used to teach lessons, to explain things, and to pass along history.

            Stories were passed down through time.

            • Unit 3 Lesson 4: The French in Michigan

              About 500 years ago explorers from the continent of Europe were looking for trade routes to China.

              Explorers from the country of France began exploring in the Great Lakes region.

              The French and American Indians interacted in many ways. For example, they traded with each other, they sometimes married each other, and they learned from each other.

              Fur-trading between the French and the American Indians grew.

              The country of Britain became interested in the fur trade.

              • Unit 3 Lesson 5: The British in Michigan

                Competition for the fur trade led to a war between France and Britain.

                France lost the war. As a result Britain took control of the Great Lakes region including Michigan.

                American Indians found it was much harder to deal with the British than the French.

                Serious conflicts began between the British and the American Indians.

                British colonies along the Atlantic Ocean fought and won a war for Independence. 

                After that war, Michigan became part of the new country called the United States of America.

                • Unit 3 Lesson 6: Migration and Settlement in Michigan

                  Pioneers coming to Michigan in the early 1800s had many challenges to overcome.

                  It was often very difficult to get to land in Michigan because roads were bad.

                  Once in Michigan, pioneers had to build a log cabins and clear farm land.

                  Many people thought Michigan was very swampy and had little good farm land. They didn’t want to move to Michigan.

                  The population of Michigan grew very slowly at first.

                  • Unit 3 Lesson 7: Becoming a State

                    To become a state, the Michigan Territory needed 60,000 people and a constitution.

                    Steamboats and the Erie Canal caused more people to move and settle in Michigan. Soon, Michigan had enough people to become a state.

                    Ohio and Michigan had a conflict over a piece of land known as the Toledo Strip. That dispute got in the way of Michigan becoming a state.

                    Michigan finally became a state in January of 1837.

                    • Unit 3 Lesson 8: Creating a Timeline of Early Michigan History

                      To study the history of Michigan you have to ask questions like:  what happened?; when did it happen?; who was involved?; how did it happen?

                      Events in the history of Michigan were linked together.

                      Events in the history of Michigan have both causes and effects.

                      Many different people were important in the early history of Michigan.

                      • Social Studies Unit 4

                        The Growth of Michigan

                        Key Concepts


                        agriculture and manufacturing

                        auto industry

                        automobile industry

                        economic trends


                        human and enivornment interaction

                        human migration



                        natural resources


                        push/pull factors

                        • Unit 4 Lesson 1: Economic Growth and Farming

                          The natural resources in Michigan have been used for economic activities. 

                          These economic activities helped the new state of Michigan grow and develop.

                          One very important economic activity was farming. 

                          Farming made use of Michigan’s fertile soil.

                          Towns grew up in farming areas to provide farmers with goods and services.

                          • Unit 4 Lesson 2: Economic Growth and Lumbering

                            The natural resources in Michigan have been used for economic activities. 

                            These economic activities helped Michigan grow and develop.

                            One very important economic activity was lumbering. 

                            Lumbering made use of Michigan’s forests and rivers.

                            Towns grew up in lumbering areas to provide goods and services.

                            • Unit 4 Lesson 3: Economic Growth and Mining

                              The natural resources in Michigan have been used for economic activities. 

                              These economic activities helped Michigan grow and develop.

                              One very important economic activity was mining. 

                              Mining made use of Michigan’s minerals like copper and iron ore. 

                              Towns grew near mining areas to provide goods and services.

                              Building the Soo Locks made it easier to move copper and iron ore.

                              • Unit 4 Lesson 4: Manufacturing: Putting Resources to Work in Michigan

                                About 100 years ago manufacturing became an important activity in Michigan.

                                Michigan had things that were needed for manufacturing such as wood, iron, and the Great Lakes for moving goods and raw materials.

                                Early factories began to make furniture, ships, ship, cereal, stoves, and carriages.

                                Many people moved to cities to work in factories.

                                • Unit 4 Lesson 5: The Growth of the Automobile Industry

                                  Making cars is one of Michigan’s most important economic activities.

                                  Car factories began about 100 years ago.

                                  Because Michigan had many important resources like iron ore, skilled workers and water transportation, Michigan became the leading car manufacturer in the world.

                                  Entrepreneurs like Henry Ford were very important to the growth of the car industry.

                                  The car industry has changed many times over the years.   

                                  • Unit 4 Lesson 6: Population Growth: Push and Pull Factos

                                    Natural resources like fertile soil, trees, and minerals helped Michigan grow and develop.

                                    Natural resources would have been useless to Michigan without human resources. 

                                    People moved to Michigan from many different places and helped it grow.

                                    Sometimes people moved to Michigan because things such as hard times pushed them out of the place where they were living.

                                    Sometimes people moved to Michigan because things pulled them here, like good farmland and jobs.

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