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        Montana | Activity 9.1: Montana’s Changing Economy Over Time

        Students watch a video about the history of Montana’s industries and economy, and complete a graphic organizer about Montana’s changing industries over time.

        Lesson Summary

        Students watch a video about the history of Montana’s industries and economy, and complete a graphic organizer about Montana’s changing industries over time.

        This lesson is part of "Great States: Unit 9: Industry – Mining, Timber, and Agriculture," in which students will consider the major resources and enterprises that form the basis of Montana’s economy.

        Time Allotment

        25 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards: 

        5.6: Identify and describe examples in which science and technology have affected economic conditions (e.g., assembly line, robotics, internet, media advertising).

        4.5: Identify and illustrate how technologies have impacted the course of history (e.g., energy, transportation, communications).

        3.3: Describe and illustrate ways in which people interact with their physical environment (e.g., land use, location of communities, methods of construction, design of shelters). 

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        1. Ask students to name jobs familiar to them, maybe because they know a family member or neighbor who holds such a position. List job examples on the board. Ask students how many of these jobs would have existed one hundred years ago, fifty years ago, or ten years ago. Indicate they will be watching a film about Montana’s industries and economy, past and present.
        2. Distribute the Montana’s Industry and Economy handout. Tell students that they should fill in key ideas and key words about each industry discussed in the appropriate boxes as they watch the film.

          Play the video, Great States | Montana Economy. [3:04]



        3. Review the list of jobs on the board. Ask students to determine what boxes the listed jobs listed would fit into.

        Answer Key

        Living Off the Land

        • hunting, fishing, gathering food
        • bison

        Agriculture and Ranching

        • wheat, barley, hay, cherries, sugar beets
        • large cattle ranches

        Trapping and Colonial Trade

        • trade animal pelts
        • high demand, low supply

        Manufacturing

        • wood pencils, plywood, telephone poles
        • processed milk, flour

        Gold, Silver, and Copper

        • boom
        • prospecting and mining

        Natural Resources

        • coal, petroleum, talc
        • paper, paint, plastic

        Railroads

        • more people, more commerce
        • family farms

        High Tech

        • greater productivity
        • new jobs

        Banking

        • banks lent money to farmers

        Tourism

        • Glacier, Flathead Lake, Yellowstone
        • 10 million tourists each year

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