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Northern Lights: Three Books in the Curriculum

Inspire your students.

In response to teacher feedback, this edition includes three engaging books.

Student Edition

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The Student Edition uses hundreds of primary sources to bring the stories of Minnesota's past to life—from the earliest inhabitants to the newest immigrants.

Written at a 6th-grade reading level, the new text includes expanded coverage of early Dakota and Ojibwe and more in-depth treatment of modern Minnesota history.

The end-of-chapter investigations give students an opportunity to analyze primary sources and practice historical methods.

352 pages. 500 color and black-and-white illustrations and photos. $40.

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"One of the most compelling features of the new Northern Lights is the wealth of primary sources. When students relate to the thoughts and emotions of actual people, history becomes real to them."
-Fifth-Grade Teacher


Annotated Teacher's Edition

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The Annotated Teacher's Edition provides extensive support in an easy-to-use format. Whether teaching Minnesota history for the whole year or just part, educators will find the unit suggestions and timesaving ideas beneficial.

Teachers at all experience levels will welcome the helpful margin notes. These notes include the following for each chapter:

  • an overview,
  • key-term definitions,
  • a vocabulary list,
  • educational objectives,
  • getting-started questions,
  • content tips,
  • teaching tips,
  • discussion questions,
  • historic sites around the state,
  • extension ideas,
  • and follow-up questions.

408 pages. $80.


Classroom Resources Workbook

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Tap into a variety of student learning styles with the Classroom Resources Workbook. Designed with teachers in mind, the workbook features perforated, pre-punched pages for those who want to make their own binder. Adapt your instruction by choosing from the five worksheets per chapter.

  • Get it! Guide (reading comprehension)
  • Mapping Minnesota (mapping skills)
  • Putting It Together (creative activitiy)
  • Investigation Guide (activity for Student Edition Investigation)
  • Test

Only one workbook needed per classroom. 232 pages. $30.

Audio Version

For an audio version of the Northern Lights Student Edition, please contact Annette Toews, Supervisor of Audio Services, Minnesota Services for the Blind, 651-642-0424.