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  HistoryLink.org Guide to Washington State Social Studies Curriculum Materials

This guide provides information on online curriculum projects and materials that complement Washington state social studies education. Special attention was taken to locate and introduce those projects that are aligned with most current Washington state academic expectations, including EALRs and CBAs, and that are easily accessible via the Internet. (Information about the CBA approach for social studies is available from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.) King County’s Heritage 4Culture program has been instrumental in providing funding to develop many of these projects.

In partnership with Heritage 4Culture, HistoryLink.org will continue to update this resource guide. We are actively soliciting educators and organizations to provide relevant projects & education materials not yet included in this guide. Contact education@historylink.org with information on curriculum projects that should be included in this guide.

This is a “starter” list of the many heritage education curriculum materials that complement Washington state history that can currently be found online.  Whenever possible, the descriptions for each curriculum have been copied directly from individual website descriptions.  There are many more education projects located in the 4Culture Resources Library. Contact Heritage Lead, Eric Taylor (eric.taylor@4Culture.org) to schedule an appointment. 

Curricula by HistoryLink.org
HistoryLink Recommended Curricula


Curricula by HistoryLink.org

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition 1909-2009: Centennial 

The Centennial curriculum materials were developed through a partnership between King County’s Heritage 4Culture and Historylink.org. The activities examine themes from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (A-Y-P) by guiding students to investigate and analyze different forms of primary sources. Carefully developed activities encourage elementary and middle school students to explore how the A-Y-P reflected life in the Pacific Northwest 100 years ago and to challenge them to find similarities and differences in life today.  This curriculum developed through a partnership between HistoryLink.org and Heritage 4Culture. 

Densho Guide

Champions by Choice: The Long Climb to the Top

This curriculum project was created in celebration of the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in Washington state. It honors a century of champions whose determination and leadership provided young women today with voices in government, equal rights, and opportunities to pursue their dreams.  Champions by Choice: The Long Climb to the Top was made possible through a partnership between The Seattle Times Newspapers in Education Program, HistoryLink.org, and Heritage 4Culture.  It includes a Teacher’s Guide and a six-week series that looks at several women who  worked tirelessly to make sure women’s equal right to vote was matched with equal opportunity in other important aspects of daily life. These individuals orchestrated changes that ensured that young women today have the opportunity to realize their dreams and accomplish their life goals. Hard copies of this project are available by contacting The Seattle Times Newspapers in Education (NIE) -- it is also available online through the NIE website.

Chapter 1 Champions by Choice
Chapter 2 Champions by Choice
Chapter 3 Champions by Choice
Chapter 4 Champions by Choice
Chapter 5 Champions by Choice
Chapter 6 Champions by Choice

Teacher's Guide Champions By Choice
Suffrage Cookbook Contest

Integrating HistoryLink.org into your Classroom: Audio-Enhanced Essays

Oral histories are important primary sources. They reveal intimate stories, relevant comments, and meaningful answers -- related by important historical figures as well as by everyday people who are often overlooked in our history books. Hearing the actual voice of someone who has lived through a significant event or era can bring history to life. It can also greatly enrich insight into the personality and character traits of the person being researched. Exploring and analyzing oral history interviews and other audio files, such as news reports, speeches, or music, is also a great way to enhance a written report, article, or essay, and can lead to further research possibilities.

Lesson plans designed to integrate the audio-enhanced essays on HistoryLink.org ask students to listen to audio clips in selected HistoryLink.org essays and interpret the value of hearing real voices describe their personal experiences with historical events or persons. Students will be provided with an appropriate model for enhancing their own projects with audio files by using the format established by HistoryLink.org.


Integrating HistoryLink.org into your Classroom: Counties and Towns

Each of Washington state’s thirty-nine counties has a unique informational cyberpedia essayon HistoryLink.org. titled County Thumbnails and Cities and Towns Thumbnails. By using thisfeature on the HistoryLink.org website, an educator can easily find basic and historically relevant information that is unique to their specific county, city or town -- if an essay currently exists. 

Students should be informed and historically savvy citizens and representatives of their communities. Students will understand that current events influence the significance of a county, city, or town’s role in developing history and that most encyclopedic entries are updated when necessary and possible. This curriculum developed through a partnership between HistoryLink.org and Heritage 4Culture. 


Integrating HistoryLink.org into your Classroom: Today in Washington State History

Students should understand that recent events -- even if they seem insignificant -- will be considered history to the next generation.  This curriculum uses the Today in Washington History feature on the HistoryLink.org website to bring the relevance of everyday history into the classroom.

Today in Washington History is a regular HistoryLink.org feature that is updated daily so that the featured timeline essays are tied to the current date. It is important for students to understand that all aspects of history are important. Each event, circumstance, or personal story has contributed in some manner to the development of the world, state, and local government, educational, cultural, and social organizations, neighborhoods/communities, and families. This curriculum developed through a partnership between HistoryLink.org and Heritage 4Culture. 


Leave No Stone Unturned: History Lessons for Rocky Beach Field Trip

With carefully prepared lessons and the right connections, a field trip can also serve as an opportunity for students to become exposed to the rich historical legacy of King County and Washington state institutions and their surrounding neighborhoods.  HistoryLink.org is currently developing and assembling a series of curriculum materials that will offer historical perspective to visits to popular local educational destinations and that will align with expected Washington State academic expectations, including EALRs, and CBAs. First in the series is the field trip to West Seattle’s rocky beach habitat. Activities from Welcome to the Green Land Children’s Guide to the Alki Area of West Seattle, a 4Culture HCE project developed by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, are included to supplement the lessons.  This curriculum developed through a partnership between HistoryLink.org and Heritage 4Culture. 

Welcome to the Green Land

Let's Cross That Bridge When We Come To It

Bridges provide an important link between two destinations.  When Washington Territory was being settled, many bridges were constructed to allow pioneers to move across the region in search of land for homes, businesses, and towns.  Sites to construct bridges were selected both out of simple necessity and also to access the most desirable natural resources and home sites. For many of Washington's early inhabitants, a safe and reliable bridge was very important when identifying and planning the most practical and economic business and political communities.

Whether in Washington's early days or today, when a bridge is damaged or closed down, such as the Manette Bridge in Pierce County or the South Park Bridge in King County, there can be serious repercussions for those living on either side of the bridge.  This curriculum was designed to provide students with a basic understanding of how bridges are constructed, why specific bridge sites were chosen, and how the bridge has influenced the lives of those who live or work in its vicinity.

This education project was developed through a partnership between HistoryLink.org, Washington Department of Transportation, and Heritage 4Culture. 


Oral Histories in the Classroom

This curriculum is designed to teach research and oral history techniques to secondary students and aligns with Washington state academic standards.  Lesson plans are designed to encourage students to learn about the history of their community through carefully planned interviews and to promote personal relationship skills between different ages, cultures, and socio-economic groups.  The sequential lessons and activities compiled in this curriculum will also advance skills in organization and meeting deadlines.  This project was funded in part by 4Culture’s HCE program.


These Are Matter of Grave Importance: Cemetery Studies

This curriculum project, These Are Matters of Grave Importance, is based on two separate Heritage Education projects funded by King County’s 4Culture Heritage Program. The activities have been aligned to Washington state academic standards and are designed to engage high school students in supervised cemetery-based classroom activities including research, site visits, and basic landscape maintenance. Carefully prepared lesson plans using selected primary and secondary sources can provide students with a new found respect for the cemetery as a community research resource and as a peaceful resting site for former inhabitants of the historic neighborhood in which they live or go to school. This curriculum was funded by a partnership between HistoryLink.org and Heritage 4Culture.



HistoryLink Recommended Curricula

100 Milestone Documents

The CBA sample topics on this web page are linked to the 100 Milestone Documents located at www.ourdocuments.gov, which include digitized original documents, typed transcriptions (for students who have difficulty with handwritten items), and background information describing the way in which each document fits into the American experience. These documents are categorized to complement Social Studies CBAs for 5th, 8th, and 11th grades. This curriculum was developed by education staff at the Pacific Northwest Division of the National Archives and Records Administration.

A is for Apple: Yakima’s Love Affair with the Apple

An educational handbook has been produced as a teacher's guide for the Yakima Valley Museum’s exhibit Yakima's Love Affair with the Apple. This online resource was made possible through a grant from the Washington Apple Education Foundation. The handbook contains 35 pages of apple history, apple facts, and classroom activities.
http://yakimavalley museum.org/apple/ teachers.cfm

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music

This fully bilingual curriculum for elementary, middle school and high school focuses on how immigration and migration have shaped Latino and U.S. popular music, the ways Latinos have expressed their experiences as Americans and how Latino youth have driven popular music innovations that cross diverse ethnic boundaries. This social studies curriculum may also useful to teachers of music, Spanish and ESL-ELL. EMP|SFM's unique collections and exhibitions inspire one-of-a-kind resources that use music, science fiction and popular culture to engage students in all content areas and grade levels. All standards-based curricula are fully downloadable.

Archaeology of West Point: Curriculum and Lesson Plans to Accompany Heritage Kits 

This project involved collaboration between Burke Museum of Natural History, the Auburn School District, and educators representing the Muckleshoot, Suquamish, and Tulalip Tribes. Six portable education kits were developed which interpret the archaeological investigations at West Point; each kit includes replica artifacts, archaeological tools, and curriculum materials. This resource, developed with funding from 4Culture HCE program, is designed mainly for 4th through 8th grades. 
http://www.washing ton.edu/burkemu

Causes of World War I

This website was developed by Spokane Public librarians to support 9th grade Social Studies teachers and students in the implementation of Washington State CBAs. Its focus is to improve students’ information and research skills. Social Studies teachers will learn about curriculum related resources available to students both at their public and school libraries. High school students will be encouraged to obtain or renew their public library card so they can access the public library databases from any computer, providing additional resources that are not available at their school library. Ninth grade students will improve their online research skills which will facilitate their success in completing Social Studies CBAs.

Center for the Study of Pacific Northwest History

The Center for the Study of Pacific Northwest creates and distributes packets of curriculum materials for secondary-school courses on the history of Washington and the Pacific Northwest.  Designed to supplement textbooks and other means of instruction, the packets focus on key issues in Northwest history. By providing a wide assortment of primary sources, they allow students to interact with the very materials that historians use to reconstruct the past.  Each packet includes an introduction for teachers to the issues at hand; a list of additional readings; suggestions for lesson plans and classroom activities; and a brief introduction to the documents that put them in context. Permissions have been obtained to reproduce these materials which are available in hard copy as well as online. Packet themes include Klondike Gold Rush, logging, Native Americans, treaties and reservations, settlers, the Cold War, and environmental history.

Civil Liberty Curriculum

The lesson plans offered in this Densho curriculum help teachers lead students to examine critical issues affecting our democracy in both the past and present: individual rights in wartime, the role news media and other sources of information play, and the protections promised by the U.S. Constitution and our system of government.  Lessons plans examining the Japanese incarceration during World War II  have been prepared for elementary, middle school, and high school students and include primary sources to align with Washington state Classroom Based Assessments. These lessons are also available on CD-ROM, which can be ordered by contacting info@densho.org. Find at

Civil Rights and Japanese American Incarceration

The lessons and activities in this curriculum were originally developed by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) and were adapted for online use by Densho. The curriculum is intended for high school or undergraduate students and may be used as a classroom resource or for independent student enrichment. The content is relevant to disciplines such as: social studies, history, civics, and government, among others.  Six multipart lessons incorporating primary sources encourage students to use critical thinking skills as they analyze the decision to incarcerate Japanese Americans.

Civil War Curriculum  

This curriculum was developed by the Civil War Trust and endorsed by the History Channel. The curriculum is presented at four different grade/ability levels, including elementary (grades 3-6), middle school (grades 7-9), high school (grades 10-12), and an enrichment level for gifted and talented students.  Each curricula level contains nine standards-based lesson plans, a final exam for assessment, and necessary materials and resources.

Coast Salish/Duwamish Curriculum

The Renton History Museum now offers a curriculum targeting 3rd and 4th grade students. The curriculum explores the material and social life, and the values and beliefs of the Coast Salish/Duwamish Native Americans before the arrival of Europeans. It includes a Coast Salish cultural education kit with replicas of Coast Salish items and is aligned to current Washington state academic requirements. This program was funded in part by 4Culture HCE Program.

Confluence Project in the Schools

Confluence Project in the Schools is a classroom-based arts-education program that links K–12 students, teachers, professional artists and their communities to the Confluence Project. Students undertake the same assignment given to Maya Lin, namely to look at each Confluence Project site from both a Euro-American and Native American perspective and to create artwork that explores these views of the land. Through the artistic process, students will discover the complexity of American history and the multiple narratives that have shaped American culture and the Pacific Northwest. 

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections is a program offered by the Experience Museum Project Museum that links national and Washington state learning onjectives with museum content in dynamic, engaging, and interactive ways. Social Studies is addressed in Anthropology of Punk for grades 9-12, College and University. This curriculum studies the ethnography of Punk Music as a component of recent and contemporary popular culture, and observes popular culture through an anthropological lens.

Day of Remembrance

The Day of Remembrance project marks the date that President Franklin Roosevelt authorized the removal and incarceration of more than 110,000 Japanese American citizens during World War II.  This program was designed to inform students about the Nikkei experience while encouraging participants to make relevant connections to current events and their own lives. This program was funded in part by 4Culture HCE Program.
http://www.wingluke .org/Day%20of%20
Remembrance%20 Program%20Overview.pdf

Dig Deep:  Media and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II 

In this project developed by Densho, students look at the role that media plays in what we know about historical and current events using the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II as the focus of study.  Students analyze various news sources, explore resources available to them in school library, Internet, and their community, and develop strategies for making the best use of those resources.  Students are encouraged to reflect on what has been learned about Japanese American internment and how that influences current choices. This project was funded in part by 4Culture’s HCE program.


This is a new online teaching tool developed by the National Archives and Records Administration. It combines primary source content with the latest interactive capabilities of the Internet and provides clever tools to create engaging activities that students can access online. Teachers can create lessons from scratch, adapt lessons from others, or even let their students create the lessons. A single suite of tools can be applied to a broad range of subjects and skill levels. The seven tools featured on the site are designed to teach specific historical thinking skills -- weighing evidence, interpreting data, focusing on details, and more. Each employs interactive components including puzzles, scales, maps, flow charts, and others that both teachers and students can tailor to their needs. On the site, teachers can 1) browse or search for documents and activities, 2) customize any activity to fit the needs of a unique classroom, 3) create a brand new activity with its own web address from scratch, using one of seven distinctive tools, and 4) save and organize activities in an account to share with students. After participating in an activity, the site even allows students to submit their work to their teacher via e-mail. DocsTeach activities correlate to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government, and cross-curricular connections.http://www.docsteach.org

Dream of America: A Teacher’s Curriculum Guide

This teacher’s curriculum guide is intended to supplement a visit to the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard and includes both pre-visit activities and post-visit activities. It was designed to give students a greater understanding of the reasons behind the decision of immigrant s to leave their homelands and pursue a new life in an unfamiliar country.  The activities introduce students to the Dream of America exhibit, reinforce basic concepts about immigration to America, and encourage involvement in the experience of the immigrants while promoting historical research about the history of their own family. Activities include interpretation of primary sources and tracking immigrant voyages using a world map. Funded in part by 4Culture HCE program.
http://www.nordic museum.org/local

Eastside Heritage Center Curriculum Series:  

The Eastside Heritage Center has a wide variety of education offerings featuring the history of King County’s Eastside, including their theme-based Treasure Box series. Topics range from Eastside Schools, Kitchens Then and Now, Tools, Local Salish Life, and When Grandma Was Young, and Bellevue Changes. Treasure Boxes come with artifacts, photographs, and curriculum materials designed for use with elementary school students.  These treasure boxes are appropriate for all ages and have been found to be an effective interactive learning tool for senior centers, scout programs, and other public programs.  The Treasure Box activities have been developed to align with the Washington State Social Studies curriculum standards. Click on each Treasure Box title for a full description and sample activities, teacher overviews, and a listing of materials included. For more information about renting these educational materials, visit the Eastside Heritage Center website  at http://eastsideheritagecenter.org/education.html.  Some of these projects were funded in part by the 4Culture Heritage Cultural Education program. 

Everyday Objects: Artifacts from Washington State Holocaust Survivors

 The Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center has created a curriculum in conjunction with teachers. Activities and lessons align with state-standards and appeal to a variety of learning styles. The curriculum also provides guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust and Holocaust statistics, terms, and maps. Funding for the curriculum provided by 4Culture/Lodging Tax Fund.
http://www.wsherc.org/PDF/Everyday Objects_Curriculum.pdf

Folk Music as Revolution: A Context for Bob Dylan

Can a song change the world? This high school curriculum created by the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP/SFM) uses the music of folk music visionaries, particularly Bob Dylan, to explore how music helped enact social change in the turbulent 1960s and beyond. This social studies curriculum, with unique perspectives on trade unions, the Red Scare and the civil rights movement, may also be useful to teachers of language arts and music.

Food on the Farm

In this interactive tour of the Mary Olsen Farm in Auburn, students (designed primarily for 1st graders) discuss where many of the foods we eat come from, and get some hands on experience planting seeds, churning butter, pressing apple cider, and feeding chickens. Students use their observation and analysis skills to discover and explore many aspects of farm life.
http://www.wrv museum.org/
Olson_Farm/ farm_fieldtrips.html

Golden Age of Salmon Curriculum

Center for Wooden Boats provides hands-on educational opportunities for a variety of age groups and curricular needs. The programs use maritime environment and classic wooden boats to engage students in the Pacific Northwest’s unique culture, history, and the natural world.  CWB field trips allow educators of students to bring groups to the Center for adventure on the water paired with hands-on learning. Curriculum activities for the salmon unit look at gillnetting and its effects on salmon.  It encourages students to consider the benefits of working in a cannery and what problems may have come up when immigrants from all over the world worked together in the cannery.  Both units include basic boat etiquette, nautical terminology, math activities, and hands-on boat building. These projects were funded in part by 4Culture HCE program. 
http://cwb.org/sites/ default/files/Info%20
for%20gillnetter% 20exploration%20trip.pdf

Great Seattle Fire

This curriculum, developed by the Museum of History & Industry, will assist students in learning about the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 and the pivotal role it played in Seattle's early development. Lesson plans include using primary and secondary sources such as photographs, documents, and audio recordings. These sources are included in the curricular downloads, along with prepared worksheets.

Histories Mysteries

In the curriculum developed for this tour of the White River Valley Historical Museum, students become junior detectives, relying on artifact and primary document research to unravel the stories of some of Auburn’s earliest residents. Students interpret objects and their cultural context through discussion, writing, and small-group work, developing their observation and critical-thinking skills. This program has been designed primarily for grades 3-5 and was funded in part by 4Culture HCE program.
http://www.wrvmuseum .org/downloads/


This web-based education project is designed to teach civics to students and to inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was concerned that students were not getting the information and tools they needed for civic participation and that civics teachers needed better materials and support. It was through her vision, that the iCivics was born. The iCivics website is easy to navigate and features many practical tools for teachers, including games, webquests, curriculum, and supplemental resources.

In the Shadow of my Country: A Japanese American Artist Remembers

One Japanese American family's memories of living behind barbed wire during World War II are captured in this bilingual multimedia website. Artist Roger Shimomura, who was held at Minidoka, Idaho, as a three year old, found inspiration in his grandmother's journals for the series An American Diary. A virtual exhibition, In the Shadow of My Country displays these sharply ironic paintings tempered by the grandmother's patient, hopeful words. Complementing the central images are the poignant series Memories of Childhood (depicting Shimomura's earliest memories of Minidoka), photos of daily life in the detention camps, an interview with the artist, and quotations of Japanese Americans incarcerated as children

To accompany the educational website, Densho offers a curriculum suitable for upper elementary and secondary school students (grades 5-12). The guide contains separate historical summaries for teachers and students, a timeline, and additional resources. Students are asked to analyze the artist's themes and means of communication, think critically about their sources of information, and weigh claims of national security against the civil liberties of diverse groups. A Japanese-language version of the teacher resource guide is available.
http://densho.org/ learning/default.asp

Issaquah History Kits

Designed with the elementary classroom in mind, the kits comply with the current curriculum requirements and Washington state academic standards. More than 30 lesson-plan ideas, games, photographs, and hands-on items make bringing history into your classroom both fun and memorable. What a great way to help kids get their hands on history! There is no fee to borrow the kits. To reserve a kit for classroom use, call the Instructional Media Center at 425/837-5056 or 837-5057. This project was funded in part by 4Culture’s HCE program. 

King County and Western Washington Cultural Geography, Communities, Their History and Traditions

This 10 week curriculum unit of forty lesson plans, with accompanying cultural community and traditional art form essays and a searchable database of Washington state traditional artists, was developed by Northwest Heritage Resources and is designed to meet the educational requirements of the Washington state Classroom-Based Assessment for Enduring Cultures. This curriculum was designed for use by 7th and 8th grade students. Lesson plans are supplemented by cultural community essays (Puget Salish, Chinese American, Asian Indians, Laotian Americans, and Arab Americans) as well as traditional art form essays (Cantonese Opera, Kathak Dance, Hmong Basketry, and Oud Music of the Arab World.)This project was funded by the 4Culture HCE program.
http://www.north westheritage resources.org

Know Your Skagit

The Skagit County Museum in LaConner offers many heritage education opportunities for students, all of which have been curriculum-based in line with Washington state academic standards.  Museum programs have been designed to bring history to life for students.  Outreach trunks contain carefully prepared lessons along with reproduction artifacts and relevant historical photographs and documents. Tours of the museum are based on the current exhibit and include choices of artifact discovery activities or sessions based on life in the nineteenth century for settlers or the first people of Skagit County.
http://www.skagitcounty .net/HistoricalSociety/
Documents/2003ed brochure.pdf

Library of Congress Teacher Lesson Plans

Created by teachers for teachers, these ready-to-use materials provide easy ways to incorporate the Library’s unparalleled primary sources into instruction.

Living with a Volcano in your Backyard

This interdisciplinary middle school curriculum, focuses on the processes, products, and hazards associated with living in the shadow of Mount Rainier, the volcano. The curriculum is divided into three thematic chapters: What the Past Tells Us, Today's Discoveries Unlock the Past, and Don’t Be Scared -- Be Prepared! Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard is part of the partnership between the park and the US Geological Survey Cascades VolcanoObservatory.

Mead School District:  CBA Curriculum for elementary grades 3-6

On this website, you will find a jackpot of CBA-based curriculum projects developed by Mead School District educators for elementary (3-6,) and middle school (7-8) classes. Links to high school (10-12) curriculum projects are also included. There is a strong focus on Native American and constitution based studies, although there is a good variety of choices that can fit into or complement individual social studies curriculum plans. Each CBA curriculum model includes directions to students, essential questions, and vocabulary, and links to primary sources relevant to these topics.
http://www.mead354 .org/page.cfm?p=423#Tools

Northwest Challenges and Choices: Civil War in the Pacific Northwest

This curriculum was created to complement the touring exhibit Lincoln, the Constitution, and the Civil War and its companion curriculum from the National Constitution Center.  The curriculum is recommended for grade levels 6-8 and is designed to complement the teaching of the U.S. and Washington state history.  Students are given the unique opportunity to explore the constitutional issues of secession, slavery, and civil liberties both in a national context and from the perspective of Northwest residents.  The lessons provide an opportunity to build Civil War Curricula by linking the national crises to local history.  The curriculum supports the skills required by OSPI Washington State Social Studies Classroom-Based Assessment – Constitutional issues, Grade 8. This curriculum was created in partnership with the Seattle Times, Newspapers In Education and was funded in part by the Heritage HCE Program in 2008. To download the curriculum and primary sources pdfs, go to

Northwest Connections: Tuskegee Airmen

This curriculum was developed by the Northwest African American Museum to teach students about the Tuskegee Airmen, a segregated squadron and the first African American pilots and grounds support crew in the United States Air Force. Using selected online resources, students will become familiar with how the Tuskegee Airmen inspired movement for change throughout American society, including the Civil Rights Movement.

Of Salmon and Cedar

This curriculum was developed to coordinate with a hands-on tour of the White River Valley Museum that explores the lifeways of Northwest Coast Salish Native Americans throughout history and in modern times, with emphasis on the Muckleshoot Tribe. With hands-on artifacts, involved discussions, photos, videos, and more, students learn about traditional fishing practices, uses of important resources like cedar and wool, canoe construction and more. This program was designed primarily for grades 3-6 and was funded in part by 4Culture’s HCE program. 

Olympic Park Institute Curriculum

Olympic Park Institute and Olympic National Park have worked together for more than 20 years to strengthen the role education plays in our national parks. The inquiry-based programs are closely aligned with Washington State’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements for science, using a broad range of lessons and activities to help students understand the impact of environmental change on local habitats. Ecology, geology, and other environmental education themes are included. Over the course of three to five days, outdoor study, field trips, and indoor instruction are combined in an exceptional learning experience.

Places and Spaces: A Tool for Educators

This new curriculum for K-12 educators will further Seattle Architecture Foundation’s mission to connect people to the profound influence of design and inspire them to engage in shaping their communities. By making architecture and design relevant to students' lives through the integration of architecture into core subject areas, the lessons will encourage real life connections and involvement in community. Wherever young people live in the future, this understanding of their built environment will impact the role they play in making community-wide decisions. Each lesson has a theme which incorporates two different subject areas and meets the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRS) for those areas. All lessons are easily adaptable for after-school and other enrichment programs.  This program was funded in part by 4Culture’s HCE program. 

Portable Museums in the Classroom

Seven versions of a “museum in your classroom” are available to enhance the teaching of Washington State history from the Museum of History & Industry. Each collection aligns with EALRs and with Washington State Social Studies Assessments and contains artifacts, a slide show, documents, maps, audio and an extensive Teacher’s Manual with lesson plans and activities adapted to meet individual class needs. Activities are appropriate for grades K-12 and trunks are also suitable for adult and senior audiences as needed.  MOHAI offers the option: Book a Teacher & Trunk Program and a Museum Educator delivers your Portable Museum and teaches a one-hour, hands-on artifact exploration to start your two-week rental. Themes for the Portable Museums include the following topics: Native Americas, explorers, fur trades, and settlers, and the war years. Scholarships are available for low income schools. This project was funded in part by Heritage 4Culture HCE program.  More information at Museum of History& Industry’s website at

Save our History Educational Manual and Lesson Plans:

The free manual and lesson plans contain unique classroom activities for elementary, middle, and high school levels that will help students gain an appreciation of local heritage.  These lessons and activities include oral history and research projects designed to develop students’ knowledge of local and national history. Download this manual at no cost at

Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project

This project is being taught in many classrooms, at all levels from middle schools to the University of Washington. Lesson plans include a great set of resources for educators, including short films, power point slide shows, primary source document sets, maps, photo collections, oral history selections. There is also a growing collection of ready-to-use lesson plans based on the website content that offers exciting in-class and out of class assignments. 
http://depts.washington .edu/civilr/teachers.htm

Seattle's Stake in the Klondike Gold Rush

The Klondike Gold Rush was a key event in the economic development of Seattle and the Puget Sound region. In 1897, 70,000 stampeders headed for Seattle to equip themselves with a year's worth of food, clothing, and equipment so they could live in the Yukon Territory of Canada as they sought their fortunes. This comprehensive set of curriculum-based lesson plans were developed by the National Parks Service for teachers who are limited by time and looking for activities to supplement their Klondike Gold Rush studies. Project funded in part by 4Culture’s HCE program. Find at
http://www.nps.gov/ klse/forteachers/

Seattle Times Newspapers In Education

The Seattle Times Newspaper in Education provides electronic newspapers, learning programs, and online activities to educational organizations throughout Puget Sound communities to help foster literacy and real-world learning. NIE’s comprehensive website offers a library of curriculum guides, written by professional educators and writers across the country, addressing current issues in education through the use of the newspaper. The NIE Outreach Specialist is available to come to your school to run an activity using the newspaper or conduct training with your staff. Workshops designed for educators  teach how to use the newspaper in your classroom with discussions and hands-on activities. Clock hours are available to teachers who attend the workshops.

Sharing our Stories

This interactive tour of the White River Valley Museum is designed to create connections for young students between their own lives and the lives of the people who created our area’s unique history. Students investigate artifacts from Pioneer times and Native American culture, explore a recreated town center from the 1920s, create a take-home craft project, play games, read stories, and more.  This program has been designed primarily for grades K-2 and was funded in part by 4Culture HCE program.


This education resource introduces elementary students to the history of Japanese Americans in the White River Valley of King County, including their forced removal and incarceration during World War II.  Shirakawa revitalizes a project originally completed in 1999 and used for many years by all Kent School district 4th graders.  A new elementary school Power Point using the original website information, photographs, and documents has been developed and the curriculum supplement has also been updated to align with the newly adapted Power Point.  Shirakawa, which means “White River” in the Japanese language, is also the name of an award-winning book authored by Stan Flewelling in partnership with the White River Valley Museum. The book has hundreds of photographs, documents, and excerpts from oral histories of community elders and serves as an excellent supplement when using the Shirakawa education resources in the classroom. The Shirakawa education project and publication were funded in part by the King County Cultural Education Program (now the 4Culture Heritage Program.)

Power Point Part I
Power Point Part II
Power Point Part III
Curricular Materials

Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State

This on-line curriculum was created through a partnership between the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's Indian Education department and Washington State Tribes. Since Time Immemorial is the first curriculum of its kind in the nation and covers tribal history, culture, and sovereignty. The curriculum is 1) locally based so you can connect student learning to the Tribes in your area, 2) accurate and reliable so you can feel confident about what you are teaching, 3) endorsed by OSPI and Washington’s federally recognized Tribes, 4)easy to access so you don’t have to wait for materials—they are just a click away, and 5) easy to integrate within your existing units so you don’t have to feel like you have to throw out your own lessons to make room for these materials.
Download at http://www.indian-ed.org/.

Strawberry Fields Forever

This curriculum project was developed by the Eastside Heritage Center and the Bellevue School District to be used in the middle school grades.  Students are asked to explore the impact of local government as Bellevue grew into a city by studying archival materials from each decade starting in the 1930s.  The curriculum package includes a PowerPoint and over 70 primary-source documents pertaining to Bellevue history. This project has been designed to align with Washington state academic standards and was funded by 4Culture’s HCE program. Contact the historical society for information about curriculum project at
www.eastside heritagecenter.org

Suggested Methods for Integrating Primary Sources into Classroom Instruction

This document outlines 15 classroom activities that can be used to integrate primary materials from the National Archives and Records Administration into the classroom. http://www.archives.gov/nae/education/pdf/integrating-primary-sources-into-the-classroom.pdf.

Talk about Passion: Teaching the Oral Histories of Artists

Inspired by EMP|SFM's extensive collection of oral histories of musicians, filmmakers, visual artists and authors, these lessons designed for middle school and high school, teach the methods of oral history and give students a chance to reflect on the work of artists and the roles they play in our culture.

Teach About Native Americans in History

This curriculum is one of the newest components of the National Archives and Record Administration's "Docs Teach" project. Units relevant to Washington history include "The Settlement of the West," "Reasons for Westward Expansion," and "The Impact of Westward Expansion on Native American Groups."

The State We’re In: Your Guide to State, Local, and Tribal Government

This compelling civics text covers the basics of government and is illustrated with graphs, photos and drawings. It is the only book that describes current and historic tribal governance and their interrelationship with state governments and local government in Washington. It includes sidebars about people, current and historical events and reflects the ethnic and geographic diversity of our state.  Professionally written and designed it was developed for grades 7- 12 and is a useful tool for ESL, GED & Basic Ed programs. Teachers wrote its companion Teacher's Curriculum Guide.  Teachers, librarians and the WA State Indian Education Association have endorsed it.  Find ordering information at http://www.lwvwa.org. The materials are also available free to everyone online at http://moodle.esd113.org/pluginfile.php

Torn By War… Healing Through Hope

Torn by War… Healing through Hope provides a comprehensive classroom curriculum addressing U.S. conflicts in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia through Art, Literature, Poetry, Oral History, and Community Service. The curriculum was created in 2008 by Highline School District Aviation High School teachers Jacob Savishinsky and Ted Dezember, in partnership with the organizations Legacies of War and Wing Luke Asian Museum. It consists of three modules and one set of extensions, which can be combined and taught simultaneously or in used in sequence in the classroom. Funded in part by 4Culture’s HCE program.

Travel Through Time and Culture

This K-6 Social Studies curriculum was developed by Valley View Elementary School, Highline School District, and developed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Umiak Adventure Curriculum

The Center for Wooden Boats provides hands-on educational opportunities for a variety of age groups and curricular needs. The programs use maritime environment and classic wooden boats to engage students in the Pacific Northwest’s unique culture, history, and the natural world.  CWB field trips allow educators of students to bring groups to The Center for Wooden Boats for adventure on the water paired with hands-on learning. The Umiak unit takes an in-depth look at the historical and current uses of this type of boat.  Both units include basic boat etiquette, nautical terminology, math activities, and hands-on boat building. Projects were funded in part by 4Culture HCE program. 
http://cwb.org/sites/ default/files/ Umiak%20

Vashon Island Heritage - Teaching Materials for Middle School  

This curriculum was developed to educate seventh-grade Vashon students about the history of the Island from before European settlers discovered the Island to recent decades. By analyzing primary sources from Vashon’s past, such journals, photographs, and artifacts, it is hoped that students will find a more personal connection to history. Unit themes include Coast Salish culture, geography, transportation, and the internment of Vashon Island residents of Japanese descent. This curriculum is meant to complement the mandatory Pacific Northwest history unit that is already being taught in the classroom. Classroom kits are also available to teachers to help teach the lessons. This project was funded by Heritage 4Culture.

4 unit zip file:
VMIHA_HCE2010_Notebook Materials.zip (62mb)

Voices in War Time

The Voices in War Time curriculum is about honoring the stories, poetry, and arts of people of different ages, at home and globally.  Use the Site Navigation on the left to select and explore a theme. The curriculum is thematic and divided into chronological offerings (i.e., Compassion and Peace, Reconciliation, Resistance, Wartime, etc.) as well as into categories that offer materials that speak to specific issues (i.e., Anti-War, Survival, Music, etc.).  Each theme begins with an introduction that provides an overview to the subject.  Most themes offer historical background and teaching strategies and are supported by annotated bibliographies. Whenever possible, links to other sources, including Internet and YouTube videos, are provided. 

Washington State Women’s History

This curriculum highlights the lives and contributions of women who were community builders in King County and Washington state. Major themes include the equal rights movement, health care, social services, the arts, education, and historic and environmental preservation. Materials include an essay on women’s rights movement from 1851-1929, an extensive bibliography, and lesson plans with a variety of structured and challenging classroom activities. This curriculum was developed for 7th-8th grade students but can be adapted to elementary or high school programs. Curriculum developed by Mildred Tanner Andrews Ph.D. with support from 4Culture’s Heritage Cultural Education Program.

Washington State Women’s History Curriculum

Washington Stories

The primary inspiration for this online resource for educators is the Washington State Historical Society's mission to make Washington's heritage resources accessible to the public, especially to students and teachers. The curricular materials provided here are intended to serve public, private, and homeschool teachers working with elementary, middle, or high school students. All curricular materials were designed to help students to achieve Washington state's Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) appropriate to their grade level.

To encourage the teaching of history in an interdisciplinary fashion, these lesson plans incorporate EALRs from not only history but also geography, language arts, science, math, or art. Some lesson plans are geared to helping students accomplish a Classroom-Based Assessment. Lesson plan topics include the West, railroads, woman’s suffrage, treaties, Lewis and Clark, and Chief Leschi. 

Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center

Visit this website to learn about the self-contained Museum-to-You Boxes that include educational aids, objects, and activity guides for hand-on learning, designed to supplement classroom curricula. Each contains an Educator’s Guide and most also contain EALR guides. The museum offers 11 boxes on natural history (including wolves, birds of prey, birds, elk, salmon, plants, etc.) and seven boxes on cultural history (including Clovis culture, Wenatchi culture, pioneers life, fur traders, etc.)
http://www.wenat cheewa.gov/ Index.aspx?page=160

What’s the Story: Past and Present

Northwest African American Museum has developed four new curriculum packets inspired by the history, culture and art of the Pacific Northwest’s African American community. Each Curriculum Packet was designed with input from local educators, is aligned with Washington’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) standards and is ready for teachers to incorporate into – and strengthen – their regular teaching plans. Curriculum topics include: stories of early local African American leaders and pioneers such as George Washington Bush and Harold Mills which teach students about courage and inspiration; the migration of African Americans from Africa to the US to the Pacific Northwest and the challenges they faced and the contributions they made; and what you can learn from everyday stories from the Black community.

Where in Washington 

This interactive, collaborative project features classrooms presenting, researching, and communicating about geographic locations within Washington state. Classrooms are connected through their school districts to the state K-20 videoconferencing system in Washington, which enables them to engage in state-of-the-art collaborative videoconferences within Washington and the world. Each classroom creates a presentation revealing required and optional clues about their location. Using atlases, maps, Encarta, Internet searches and other online resources, each team researches the mystery location and announces their guesses on a live feed.

Where the River Begins

Where the River Begins, the first in a series of interdisciplinary curriculum guides focusing on the Nisqually River Watershed (the Nisqually River begins near the top of Mount Rainier at the Nisqually Glacier), is designed for upper elementary to middle school students. The guide includes pre- and post-visit activities and field trip activities that provide overview of glaciers, glacial rivers, life zones, national parks, and some park history. Developed by Mount Rainier National Park and the National Park Service.

Why Historical Thinking Matters

Why Historical Thinking Matters promotes critical thinking skills in students. Students are led through carefully constructed investigations of four selected important historical topics. Thought-provoking interactive activities challenge students to read primary sources critically and to critique and construct historical narratives using these techniques. Materials for teachers inslcude important insights into why it is critical to incorporate these skills into classroom curriculum.

Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes

Washington state celebrates its centennial of permanent women's suffrage in 2010. The Women's Voices, Women's Votes project highlights the history of the struggle to attain women's right to vote in Washington and illuminates how women's voting influenced territorial and state history. The project is sponsored by the Washington State Historical Society, the Women's History Consortium and the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and features an exhibit at the Washington State History Museum and curriculum materials.

Curriculum overlook:  The curricular materials provided on this site are intended to serve public, private, and home school teachers working with K-12 students. To encourage the teaching of history in an interdisciplinary fashion, lesson plans incorporate EALRs from not only history but also geography, language arts, or art. Units include: What is Suffrage? Understanding the Right to Vote and Exploring Biography through Art, Images, and Artifacts: Emma Smith DeVoe Story. Curriculum at

Exhibit Activities for those bringing students to view the exhibit can be found at
http://www.washington history.org/education/
materials/wvwvGallery ActivityLvl1.pdf

World Religions and Spirituality

This sixth grade social studies curriculum was developed in conjunction with Rainier Valley Historical Society’s Bringing World Religion Home Project and funded in part by 4Culture's Heritage Culture Education program. Elementary School teacher Chris Quigley developed this course of study to run approximately six months, and it combines Reading, Writing, Social Studies. Components include field trips, guest speakers, classroom lecture/discussion, and projects. In this unit, students are exposed to many of the world’s major religions, as well as forms of spirituality that are not organized religions. They learn about the important historical traditions that make up the community in which they live. They are introduced to research techniques such as the use of primary source materials, interviewing, and documenting subject matter with camera, video, and recorder. They then learn to synthesize information into a coherent whole.

World War II Incarceration of Japanese Americans

This educational supplement was published by The Seattle Times as part of its Newspapers In Education program on April 29, 2012, commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japanese Americans being removed from Seattle during World War II. Download lesson plans, the NIE supplement, and oral history video clips for use in your classroom at http://densho.org/times.

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