Students watch a video about the history of North Dakota’s economy. Students learn how resources and technology have changed the state’s economic climate over time. Students take notes to complete a Venn diagram about the past and present economy.
This lesson is part of "Great States | North Dakota | Unit 6: Agriculture and Economy" where students will learn about the major resources and enterprises that form the basis of North Dakota’s economy.
4.3.2: Identify ways that natural resources (e.g., soil, minerals, trees, fish, people) contribute to the economy of the local community and North Dakota
- Video: Great States | North Dakota Economy
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or other type of screen to project videos to the class
- Class set of North Dakota’s Economy Venn diagram
- Tell students they will be watching a short video about North Dakota’s most important economic activities one hundred twenty years ago and the most important economic activities today.
- Hand out the North Dakota’s Economy Venn diagram. Instruct students to take notes on the past and present industries/economic activities mentioned in the video.
- Play the video, Great States | North Dakota Economy [2:59].
- Draw two overlapping circles on the board to make a large Venn diagram. Label the left “Past” and the right “Present.”
- Call on students to name an industry of North Dakota and to which part of the Venn diagram it belongs.
- After reviewing the Venn diagram, ask students to make connections about the role of natural resources in North Dakota’s economy. What were the natural resources that played a part in the economy in the past? [i.e. rivers and forests provided food, fertile land allowed for prosperous crops] What are the natural resources that play a part of the current economy? [i.e. discovery of oil lead to a boom, tourism used natural wonders after areas became developed, etc.]
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