Grade 3

About Michigan

Knowledge Constructor


In third grade students learn about Michigan history. The Michigan eLibrary has compiled a number of websites suitable for children to learn more about our state. There is information on Michigan Native Americans, folklore, wildlife, birds, bugs, and much more.  

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to use the Michigan eLibrary for information on Michigan.
  • Be able to learn more about Michigan history, people and wildlife. 


  • Go to the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). 
  • Select Kids on the Dashboard
  • Select About Michigan
  • Currently there are 10+ websites for students to use for their research on Michigan. 
  • The teacher will want to go through the websites and decide which ones would be most relevant for the students. 
  • The Getting To Know Michigan .pdf would be very helpful for the students. It is a coloring book with amazing facts about Michigan. 
  • There are eight stories for the students to read for Michigan folklore
  • Michigan .gov has a website designed for students to learn more about Michigan. 


  • There are websites that are too mature for third grade. The reading level is too high and the students would not be able to use them until middle school. For example, Michigana is a very detailed database and would be too much for third graders. 
  • Bookmark the websites most relevant for your students in Diigo, Google Bookmarks, or Symbaloo. Even though these websites are easily found in Michigan eLibrary, in third grade having so many choices that are not relevant may be overwhelming. 



  1. There are many good websites and resources compiled by the State Library of Michigan for teachers and students. 
  2. Assign a report or presentation to the students. 
  3. Bookmark the websites in Michigan eLibrary that the students will use or take them directly to MeL to access the websites. 
  4. Print out the coloring book for the students to use or have them read the .pdf and print only the pages they need and want to color for use in their report/presentation. 
  5. Have the students visit the Michigan Kids website from There are activities and games, environment facts, historic facts, state symbol and facts. 

Assessment Options

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Create a rubric for the research paper or presentation. 

ISTE Standards

Knowledge Constructor
3a. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
3c. Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL


Getting To Know Michigan .pdf

Google Bookmarks

Michigan eLibrary

Michigan Folklore

Michigan Kids 




  • Students write a paper about Michigan using the Michigan eLibrary resources. 

Integrated Arts

  • Using the information found about Michigan, students will create drawings or paintings. 


  • Students can learn more about the wildlife and plants native to Michigan. 

Social Studies

  • Students learn about Michigan history using the MeL resources. 

This task card was created by Melissa White, 21Things Project Manager, REMC Association of Michigan, April 2018.