Hands-on versions of the History Kit are available at no charge to teachers in the Issaquah School District through the Issaquah School District’s May Valley Service Center. Educators can reserve a kit by calling the Instructional Media Center at (425)837-5056 or (425)837-5057.
We hope you enjoy using the History Kits and find the activities helpful in teaching Issaquah history!
Students compare life for the early settlers and life now in Issaquah by listening to several selections from an early settler’s, Bessie Wilson Craine’s memoirs. Then students write a journal entry as if they were Bessie.
Students brainstorm possible solutions to problems that Native Americans and early settlers faced in the Issaquah area.
Students examine objects that were used in the past as substitutes for their modern day electric devices (washboards for washing machines, stereograph for T.V. or movies, toy bank for electronic toys, rug beater for a vacuum, curling iron without plug for modern curling irons that heat electronically, hair curlers, or perms).
Students learn about Beryl Baxter, Issaquah’s matriarch, renowned in the community for her quilting. Find out how pioneer girls learned math and geometry through quilting and needlepoint. They make a class quilt from fabric or construction paper, each quilt block piece depicting a different aspect of Issaquah history.
Students make butter just as the early settlers did. They look at an actual butter mold and press, and read an article about the history of butter presses.
Students choose an occupation specific to Issaquah’s history and experience the joys and difficulties of pioneer life as they play a game.
Students learn that the people who settled in what is now the Issaquah area, came from many different places. Students then research and document their own family tree and by doing so, discover that their family also contributes to the different ethnic, racial, religious and social groups that make up their local community.
Students discover the fascinating history behind the four names that people have called the area that is now known as Issaquah.
Students discover how differing environments have provided varying opportunities and limits for human activity in the Issaquah area.
Students compare and contrast a child’s life at school and at play, now and 100 years ago.