Resources for Educators

Montana History and Heritage Education Listserv  Subscribe to our listserv to join a community of educators committed to place-based learning and teaching Montana history—and to stay apprised of upcoming trainings and new resources.

Online Professional Development  Earn OPI Renewal Units, discover exciting educational resources, and learn new ideas for engaging students by taking one or more of these self-paced interactive modules.

Montana: Stories of the Land Companion Website Discover over twelve thousand years of Montana history. If you are working on a particular chapter at school, visit that chapter page for copies of the worksheets and interesting related links. You can also use the search function to find information about particular topics. Or you can read the online version of the book, Montana: Stories of the Land, cover to cover, since all twenty-two chapters have been posted as low-resolution pdf files. (Designed for use in middle school, but adaptable to elementary and high school: Lexile Level 1080L). Aligned to Montana Content Standards and the Essential Understandings, this comprehensive curriculum traces Montana history over the last twelve thousand years, and offers supporting lesson plans, worksheets, tests, and more.

Hands-On History Footlockers  (Designed for use in elementary school, but adaptable to middle and high school) Bring reproduction artifacts, photographs, documents and other resources to your classroom to enrich your students' experience of Montana history. (Or use some of the standard's-based lesson planseven without ordering the footlocker).

Indian Education for All Lesson Plans  The Montana Historical Society has produced a number of lesson plans to help your students grasp the Essential Understandings regarding Montana Indians while learning more about specific Montana history topics.

Integrating Art and History  Discover lesson plans on Charlie Russell, Montana's Cowboy Artist; Plains Indian pictographic art; and Plateau Indian beaded bags.

Teaching with Primary Sources  Discover the many lesson plans the Montana Historical Society has created that provide students an opportunity to analyze primary source material, including artwork, photographs, letters, diary entries, historic newspapers, and more.

Mining History Lesson Plans and Resources  Discover a wide array of resources for studying mining history, including a study guide to accompany the reminiscence, Girl from the Gulches: The Story of Mary Ronan, and a lesson plan to help students explore historic digitized newspapers.

Teaching with Biographies  Find links to online biographies as well as lesson plans that ask students to investigate remarkable Montanans. 

Women's History Resources and Lesson Plans Discover an abundance of material on Montana's women's history, including fascinating stories, intriguing photographs, and detailed lesson plans.

Civics and Geography Looking for a lesson that explains the electoral process, provides an example of how laws affect individuals' lives, or introduces your students to Montana geography while improving their map reading skills? Find them here. 

Montana Mosaic: 20th-Century People and Events (Designed for use in high school, but adaptable to middle school). Aligned to Montana Content Standards and the Essential Understandings, Montana Mosaic explores twentieth-century Montana through twelve brief films. Copies of the DVD were sent to every middle and high school library in Montana. User guides are available as downloadable pdf files.

National History Day  The Montana Historical Society is proud to support the Treasure State’s participation in National History Day, a nationwide contest that makes history come alive for America's youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past.

African Americans in Montana Heritage Resources (Designed for 4th through 8th, adaptable for high school). Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the standard's-based lesson plans designed to help your class explore this understudied aspect of our state's history.

Montana The Magazine of Western History Curriculum Guides (Designed for high school).Montana The Magazine of Western History has made all of the articles it published relating to women's history available for free download as part of the Montana Historical Society's Women's History Matters project. In addition, it has put several theme issues on-line along with ideas using the articles. These interdisciplinary lessons include full-text of the articles included in that issue along with discussion questions and suggestions for supplemental activities. Guides are available for the following special issues:

Tours  Arrange to bring your students to Helena to experience the museum, capitol, and Original Governor's Mansion first hand.

Montana History Links  Looking to research a particular topic in Montana History? Montana History Links is a good place to start.