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The Kid Should See This, PBS Wisconsin Education


5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, History

Resource Types

  • Videos, 4 minutes, 14 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Articles and Websites
  • Presentation Slides
  • Lesson Plans

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.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • 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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.1.6-8 Analyze connections among events and developments in broader historical contexts.
      • D2.His.2.6-8 Classify series of historical events and developments as examples of change and/or continuity.
      • D2.His.14.6-8 Explain multiple causes and effects of events and developments in the past.
      • D2.His.2.3-5 Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.
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