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The Kid Should See This, PBS Wisconsin Education


5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, History

Resource Types

  • Video, 4 minutes, 14 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Article
  • Presentation Slides
  • Lesson Plan

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin, Lake Michigan & Fox/Wolf Watershed (CESA 6, 7, 8)


Google Docs, Google Slides

Chief Oshkosh and a History of Menominee Forest Conservation

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  • This video explains the history of the Menominee people and their fight to preserve their land from the United States.
  • Students will learn that during westward expansion, Chief Oshkosh negotiated with the United States government to preserve a portion of the Menominee land, which is still thriving today because of the Menominee people's sustainable forestry practices.
Teaching Tips


  • A short article below the video provides links to relevant sources.
  • The video includes the names and dates of historic events that impacted Native Americans during westward expansion.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There may be an ad before the video.
  • Students should have some knowledge of westward expansion and the way the United States treated Native Americans.
  • Links to the lesson plan and Google Slides presentation are located at the bottom of the article.


  • American history classes could use this video in a lesson about Manifest Destiny and its impact on Native Americans.
  • Biology classes could use this video to introduce the concept of sustainable forestry practices.
  • Students could research the sustainable practices of Indigenous people and explore how they are used today.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video and activity on how climate change impacts the Indigenous people of Alaska, this article on protecting forests by preserving native land rights, and this lesson plan on sustainable forestry.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a 4-minute animated video that walks us through the recent history of the Menominee People during the times of U.S. western colonial expansion. This resource describes how the Menominee People interacted and made treaties with the U.S. government and how the U.S. government tried to take all of the Menominee Peoples' land. Indigenous forest management practices developed by the Menominee People are discussed. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • Social Studies
    • History
      • History 2: Students understand historical aspects of unity and diversity in the community, the state, Maine Native American communities, and the United States by describing various cultural traditions and contributions of Maine Native Americans and various historical and recent immigrant groups in the community and the state.
      • History 1 (D2): Students understand major eras, major enduring themes, and historic influences in the history of Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world by analyzing major historical eras, major enduring themes, turning points, events, consequences, and people in the history of Maine, the United States and various regions of the world.
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