28 ABC and Who’s Who Books

Competencies: Social Studies, Social Studies Skills

Social Studies Skills 5.4: Creates a product that uses social studies content to support a thesis and presents the product in an appropriate manner to a meaningful audience.


Objective: Students organize and record information that they have learned about Issaquah’s history by creating a class “ABC’s of Issaquah’s History” or “Who’s Who” book Issaquah’s history.

Materials: books, objects or photos in the kit, paper, pencils, crayons, or markers.

Note to teacher: This project requires some teacher preparation.  It works best if the teacher is familiar with Issaquah history.  There are books and articles included in this kit that will provide the necessary information for research.  The learning opportunities are maximized when the children are allowed to do as much of the decision-making as possible, and to contribute to the text in the class-made books.  Therefore, we have not provided scripts for making these classroom books, but instead, have provided the materials necessary.


  1. Review what the class has already learned about the history of Issaquah.
  2. Share any published ABC book or a Who’s Who book as an example.  A school librarian can help you to locate these.
  3. List items that either fit into the ABC’s or people who should be included in a Who’s Who book for Issaquah history.
  4. As a class, write one sentence for each letter of the alphabet or for each person that will be included in the book.  For example:

ABC Book
A is for Alder trees.  The Native Americans used Alder for dye, to eat, and as a medicine.
B is for boat.  The scow, The Squak, carried people, tools, and animals across Lake Sammamish in the late 1800’s.
C is for coal.  Mr. L. B. Andrews first found coal on the east slope of Squak Mountain, in what is now the town of Issaquah, in 1862.


Who’s Who Book
L. B. Andrews was an early settler in what is now the Issaquah area.  He discovered coal on the east slope of Squak Mountain in 1862.
Mary Louie was a Native American in the Issaquah area that was friends with many of the early settlers.  She was very knowledgeable about the ways of the woods.
Stella Alexander became the first woman mayor of Issaquah on June 6, 1932.

  1. After the class has written a sentence for each alphabet letter, or for each person, let students choose which page they would like to illustrate.
  2. When the class is finished, create a cover and bind the book with staples, rings, or plastic bindings.  If your class is willing, they could leave a copy of their book in the kit as a model for future classes to read.


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