Freely Available Lesson Plans

Education Resources For the Classroom

Below are freely available lesson plans and other education resources you can incorporate in your curriculum to get your students involved with local history and cultural heritage. Contact the Archives if you have any questions, or contact the creators directly through the links provided below.

Hear, Here is an oral history project that offers educators a unique opportunity to engage students with place-based, first-person narratives about the city of La Crosse and its community.

Each Hear, Here story is about 1-6 minutes long and gives a glimpse into local history.

Curriculum is available for:

Fourth Grade

Eighth Grade

High School

The Widening the Circle Education Conference has been held annually in La Crosse since 2004. It is meant to provide resources to educators and future educators on Indigenous and Hmoob history education. To learn more about the conference and upcoming dates, visit the Cia Siab, Inc. website.

Since 2010, Widening the Circle has expanded their programming to include year-round outreach activities, such as:

  • Native American and Hmong traditional organic gardens
  • wild rice and cultural camps
  • youth programs
  • visiting organizations, schools, and institutions to help develop curriculum and do trainings

They also provide resources for educators creating their own lesson plans that incorporate Indigenous and Hmoob history.

Recommended resources:

Recollection logo and banner for lesson plans

Recollection Wisconsin is a tool to access digitized historical materials from across the state. This includes many La Crosse area materials.

To promote these available primary sources, Recollection Wisconsin created classroom activities and lesson plans available for K-12 educators around the state. They also provide education resources made by other organizations that also feature Wisconsin primary source material.

Wisconsin State Historical Society logo and button for lesson plans

The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) has a variety of resources freely available for educators teaching state history. This includes information about textbooks, Wisconsin biographies, field trips, lesson plans, classroom visits, and other resources. These can all be found on the WHS website:

WHS Teaching Resources