Watch a short video about the history of Iowa. Students learn about its different groups of people and the main points that lead to its statehood, and create a postcard to encourage someone to come to Iowa.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Iowa | Unit 1: Introduction & Geography." In this unit, students will be introduced to the history and geography of Iowa. Students examine the societal challenge of balancing competing demands on fragile resources.
SS.3.5/SS.4.4: Construct responses to compelling questions using reasoning, examples, and relevant details.
G.SS.3.20: Describe how cultural characteristics influence people’s choices to live in different regions of the US.
H.SS.3.27: Analyze the movement of different groups in and out of Iowa, including the removal and return of indigenous people.
H.SS.4.25: Analyze the impact of technological changes in Iowa, across time and place.
SS.5.22: Explain how economic, political, and social contexts shaped people's perspectives at a given time in history.
- Video: Great States | Iowa History
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of Iowa History Video graphic organizer
- Books, printouts, or computers with Internet access to research Iowa history
- Large index cards (5”x7”)
- Colored pencils or thin markers
- Ask students the following, “If you could travel to another era in Iowa’s history, which would you choose and why?”
- Then, explain that they will be watching a short video that summarizes Iowa’s history. Hand out the Iowa History Video graphic organizer, and instruct students to fill it out as they watch the video. They should add key words or concepts to the middle column.
Play the video, Great States | Iowa History. [4:14]
- After watching the video, have students work in pairs or small groups to share information on the graphic organizers. Circulate as groups work and/or review the information as a whole class.
- Ask students to choose one era from Iowa’s history about which they’ll do additional research. They can use available library books and online sources either in the classroom or school library. Notes can be taken in the right-hand column of the graphic organizer.
- Then, pass out the index cards and coloring tools. Instruct each student to write a postcard encouraging people to move to Iowa in one particular historical era. Students should think about the question, “What might cause someone to move to Iowa in a particular historical era?” They should decide both who is writing the message and to whom it is being sent. They can use the lined side of the index card for the message and the blank side for an appropriate illustration.