Based on a journal written by French Fur Trader Alexander Henry, this adapted primary source takes students through a year Alexander spent with his adopted Native American Family.  It was developed by the Michigan Geographic Alliance and is targeted for "Third Grade Michigan Studies"


MGA Alexander Henry Page

Resources to Support Teaching the Revised Michigan Social Studies Standards


Curriculum Supporting the Revised Standards

Be sure to also check out our video series unpacking the major changes to each grade level.

Michigan Holocaust and Genocide Education supports PA 170 of 2016, the law mandating genocide and Holocaust education in Michigan, with teacher resources and professional learning, (free) downloadable lesson plans and resources, community engagement, and opportunities and ideas for informed student action.

The GIANTS project began at Ottawa Area Intermediate School District in 2016 as a response to teaching the (at the time) ongoing revisions to the Social Studies Standards, and as a way to build in the arc of inquiry delineated by the C3 Framework into daily instruction.  GIANTS is a free, open source curriculum project currently servicing teachers in Grades 3-8.

GIANTS Website

MHGE Website

Instructional Resources Supporting the Revised Standards

The Michigan Open Book Project began in 2015 as a part of the state-wide Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) and was written with both the C3 Arc of Inquiry and the ongoing (at the time) revisions to the Social Studies Standards.  This instructional resource pairs nicely with the GIANTS curriculum project.

Michigan Open Book Project Website

This panel discussion, hosted by the Michigan Council for the Social Studies, brings together three Black voices to discuss how teachers can and should teach race in their K-12 social studies classrooms.  It was Moderated by Sean McBrady from Macomb ISD and featured Marshall Collins (Traverse Bay Area ISD), Harry Weaver (Chippewa Valley Schools), and Anthony Lewis (Michigan Department of Civil Rights).

The MCEE LiveBinder is a tool hosted by the Michigan Council on Economic Education which brings together tools, resources, and information on teaching Economics across K-12 social studies.

MCEE LiveBinder

Assessing the Revised Standards

MDE Sample Test Site

The online Sample Item Sets are a select group of test items in ELA, mathematics, science, and social studies that encompass different item types, such as multiple choice, constructed response, and various kinds of technology-enhanced items. The sets provide students, teachers, and parents practice in solving grade-level and content-specific test items aligned to Michigan's academic content standards.






A computer with four icons representing Civics, Economics, History, and Geography.