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        North Dakota | Activity 6.3: North Dakota’s Economy Yesterday and Today

        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.

        Lesson Summary

        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.

        Time Allotment

        15 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards: 

        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 

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        1. 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.
        2. 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.
        3. Play the video, Great States | North Dakota Economy [2:59].



        4. Draw two overlapping circles on the board to make a large Venn diagram. Label the left “Past” and the right “Present.”
        5. Call on students to name an industry of North Dakota and to which part of the Venn diagram it belongs.
        6. 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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