Students watch a short video on the past and present economy of Minnesota. Students learn about the importance of the land’s resources and the rise of big business. Then, students draw illustrations to represent each major Minnesota industry.
This unit is part of "Great States: Minnesota | Unit 7: Iron, Lumber, and Milling" where students will assess how new technology and new people influenced the development of Minnesota during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
188.8.131.52.1: Analyze how the rise of big business, the growth of industry, the use of natural resources, and technological innovation influenced Minnesota's economy from 1860 to 1920.
- Video: Great States | Minnesota Economy
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of Minnesota Economy graphic organizer
- Tell students that they will be watching a short video about Minnesota’s past and present economy. Ask students if they can name any major economic activities today.
- Hand out the Minnesota Economy graphic organizer. As students watch the video, they should fill out the “Notes” boxes on the graphic organizer.
- Play the video, Great States | Minnesota Economy [3:47].
- After watching the video, students should share information gleaned from the video in pairs, small groups, or as a whole class. Students will then develop appropriate illustrations for each economic activity in the given time period.