Issaquah History Museums



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History Kit

The Issaquah History Museums’ comprehensive History Kit is designed to help primary school teachers meet the Issaquah School District’s social studies curriculum standards. Thirty lesson-plan ideas with games, photographs, videos, digital presentations, and hands-on items make integrating history into the classroom both fun and memorable. What a great way to help kids get their hands on history! The History Kit includes an Activity Guide, a slideshow, videos, photographs, hands-on artifacts, and other resources. The Activity Guide describes thirty activities covering geography, history concepts, Native Americans, early settlers, and community life in historic Issaquah. Culminating activities give students an opportunity to demonstrate an accurate knowledge of the information presented and exhibit an awareness of the relationship between people, environment, and culture. The current version of the History Kit constitutes a significant expansion and update to previous Issaquah history units. The first history unit was compiled by Joe Peterson in 1979. It was updated in 1987, updated again in 1995, revised in 1998, revised and expanded in 2002, and updated again in 2009. The 2002 and 2009 revisions were made possible through grants from 4Culture. The new History Kit was designed align with and complement curriculum requirements, and it reflects input from historians and educators, including local third-grade teachers. It is uniquely suited to support Issaquah teachers in meeting curriculum requirements in a way that is memorable and enjoyable for educators and students alike.

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!

11 Squak Valley

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.

13 Living Without Lights

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).

14 Quilting

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.

15 Making Butter

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.

17 Our Diverse Community

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.

18 Town Name

Students discover the fascinating history behind the four names that people have called the area that is now known as Issaquah.

19 What If?

Students discover how differing environments have provided varying opportunities and limits for human activity in the Issaquah area.