27 The Past 100 Years

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 draw or write what has changed and what has stayed the same over the past 100 years.

Materials: paper, pencil, crayon or pens


  1. As a culminating activity, discuss how life was different in Issaquah 100 years ago compared to today, and how life is the same.
  2. Students either draw pictures to illustrate similarities and differences or write a short paragraph to explain.
  3. Students share their final products with the class.
  4. Pose the question, “Which time period would you prefer to live in and why?”


  • Display the final products in the hall, office, school library or local library.
  • Share the final products with another class, preferably one that is also studying local history.
  • This activity could be done as a hypothetical letter to a pen pal.


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