Michigan History for Kids
Aimed at children in third and fourth grades, where state history is taught in Michigan’s schools, Michigan History for Kids goes beyond the textbooks, exploring the history and heritage of all Michigan’s peoples.
The magazine, which was designed to be a supplemental aid in classrooms, thoroughly integrates Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations and other emerging standards into its many stories, information, and activities. Using both print and digital platforms and a racial-equity lens, each issue brings to life a different part of our state’s past and features stories about the diverse people, places, and events that have impacted Michigan over time.
Every issue of Michigan History for Kids also strives to include stories of people of color, who are normally overlooked or often forgotten in traditional academic materials, so that students develop a more complete understanding of our state’s past. This also enables educators to teach Michigan’s history from new perspectives and to make history meaningful to children throughout the state.
To align with the school year and teachers’ needs, the magazine is published bimonthly, minus the two major summer months when there are no classes, and the accompanying website provides interactive activities, expanded information, and audio files that read the stories to students. Online lesson plans have also been created, which provide more detailed activities that can be used in the classroom. The lesson plans amplify the magazine’s content and present additional information that enhance the students’ learning experiences.
Previously published by the State of Michigan from 2001 to 2009, the new Michigan History for Kids magazine was made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.