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Kennedy Elementary Library: Wisconsin


The purpose of this guide is to provide information and resources for a 4th grade social studies research project which offers students the opportunity to learn more about Wisconsin.

Your Research Question

What people, places, and events would you include on a cultural tour of a Wisconsin region that is not your own? 

Research this region (using a variety of sources) and design a tour with your classmates that will give your families and friends an understanding of how this region fits into the history and culture of the State of Wisconsin and how it compares to your town or region.  Create a tour map listing sites of interest accompained by a brief explanation of each site, and invite your friends and neighbors to learn!

Information Literacy Standards

  • 1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.

  • 2.1.3 Use strategies to draw conclusions from information and apply knowledge to curricular areas, real-world situations, and further investigations.

From Standards for the 21st-Century Learner (2007) American Library Association. 

Map of Wisconsin

Let's get started!  Choose a region from this map when researching.


·         Central

·         East Central

·         Northeast

·         Northwest

·         South Central

·         Southeast

·         Southwest

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Use this section of Mapquest to create your tour route through your region.  You will need to know the addresses of your sites and arrange them in the order that you want to introduce your sites.  Also, be prepared to include a title for each site. 


This resource contains biographies in video and book format for the following people:

Chief Oshkosh 
Joshua Glover
Belle La Follette
Bill Harley and Arthur Davidson (Harley-Davidson)
Kate Newcomb
Vel Phillips and James Groppi

Wisconsin Native American Tribes

This series depicts the traditional hunting, fishing and gathering activities of each season as practiced by human inhabitants of North America before traders and settlers from Europe arrived. The program shows how these same traditional activities are practiced today by Native American descendants who live in the Great Lakes region. 

This resource contains stories on culture and language from Native American Communities around the Central Great Lakes.

Subject Guide

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Joelyne Hoerth
221 Meadowlark Drive
Madison, WI 53714
Phone: 608-204-3420