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        Montana | Activity 5.5: Economic Challenges and Assets for Settlement

        Students watch a video about Montana’s economic challenges, and learn which industries exist and have existed in Montana. They then complete a graphic organizer about the resources and challenges associated with each industry.

        Lesson Summary

        Students watch a video about Montana’s economic challenges, and learn which industries exist and have existed in Montana. They then complete a graphic organizer about the resources and challenges associated with each industry.

        This lesson is part of "Great States: Montana | Unit 5: European Settlement," where students will evaluate the conditions that made Montana a destination for settlement.

        Time Allotment

        20 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards:

        5.1: Give examples of needs and wants; scarcity and choice (e.g., budgeting of allowance, trading cards).

        5.2: Identify basic economic concepts (e.g., supply and demand, price) that explain events and issues in the community.

        Supplemental Standards: 

        Helena District 5.1: Identify examples of needs and wants throughout Montana history. 

        Helena District 5.2: Relate concept of supply and demand to Montana’s economic development.

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        Directions

        1. Distribute the Montana Industries handout and have students complete the K and W (Know and Want to Know) sections.
        2. Tell students they will be watching a video about various industries in Montana and the resources and challenges of each.
        3. Play the video, Montana Mosaic, Montana Industry – One Boom After Another. [7:24]
        4. Instruct students to complete the L and S (Learned and Still Want to Learn) sections of the Montana Industries handout.
        5. Have students share their learning section with the rest of the class to discuss the challenges some industries face.
          1. Examples of the challenges each industry could face:
            1. Lumber – takes decades for trees to grow back
            2. Agriculture – drought or poor market prices
            3. Oil, Drilling, Logging – employs fewer people over time as resources are depleted

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