4 What do your students know?

Competencies: Social Studies, History, Social Studies Skills

History 4.2: Understands and analyzes causal factors that have shaped major events in history.

Social Studies Skills 5.2: Uses inquiry-based research.

Social Studies Skills 5.2.2: Uses a graphic organizer to organize main ideas and supporting details from visuals and literary, narrative, informational, and expository texts.


Objective: Students have an opportunity to share what they already know about the history of their local community, and then brainstorm what they would like to find out about the history of their community.

Materials: vocabulary list, mounted photos of the early Issaquah area


  1. Review with students in an informal discussion what they already know about the history of the area.
  2. The vocabulary list could be used as a springboard for discussion.
  3. Another option is to hold up some of the mounted photos and play an inquiry game, letting students share what they notice in the photos.
  4. Keep a K.W.L. chart, recording in three columns what children “Know,” “Want to know,” and at the end of the unit, what students have “Learned.”


  1. To continue practice with the vocabulary words, use the words as a spelling list one week or have students try to unscramble the words.
  2. On the board, list all of the ways in which students have learned about the history of their community (parents, museums, newspapers, photos, etc.).


Activity 4 (DOC)
Activity 4 (PDF)
Vocabulary List
Photographs (PPT) 

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