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Lumbering in Newaygo County

Grade Four


Imagine our county, barren of forests with eroding river banks and wind-blown sand. Then, contemplate Michigan forests today.

Students learn about the days of extensive logging; what, when, why, how it happened and who did it, as well as the significance of this period in our history. Primary and secondary sources are used to explore the relationship between our natural resources and the development of lumbering industries and how migration and immigration affected the growth of Newaygo County.

We will also compare logging in the late1800s with logging today and how we work today to protect this precious natural resource. In the study of economics, we will support the teaching of Market Economy concepts.

Supports grade four level content expectations: H3.0.1, H3.0.2, H3.0.3, H3.0.5, H3.0.8, G4.0.1, E1.0.1, E1.0.3, E1.0.4, E1.0.5, E1.0.6. E1.0.7, E2.0.1, E3.0.1

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