Students determine where we live on maps of the world, United States of America, Washington State, and Seattle and the greater Eastside. They find Kenmore on the maps of Washington State and Seattle.
Students name all of the things a community has such as post office, library, school, park, etc and create a map of their own community. They become familiar with a map of Kenmore, map symbols and features. Students create their own map of where they live and play.
Community and Towns Histories
Students learn what makes up a community and how communities are alike and different. They learn the differences between villages, towns, cities and suburbs. Students learn various ways to find out more about a town’s history, including street signs, town names, objects, maps, houses and buildings. They use the development of Kenmore as an example of how a community begins and grows, changing and adapting with the times.
What do your students know – 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.
Be a History Detective
Students brainstorm all of the resources we have to learn about the past: photos, letters, journals, memoirs, newspapers, interviews, people, official records, artifacts, objects, etc. They discover how we learn about the past, specifically through asking questions and thinking about clues in artifacts.
Using a photo that depicts life in the past in Kenmore, students learn facts about Kenmore’s history. Then, they use their imagination to write their own story about what is happening in the photos.
Native Plant Uses: Students discover how Native Americans used plants in the Kenmore area to meet their basic needs and compare that with how these basic needs are met today.
Native American Stories
Students listen to several Native American stories about how something in nature came to be. Then they write their own story about how something in nature came to be
Map of Native American Villages and Trails
Students learn about the places that Native Americans lived, traveled, and conducted their daily lives in the Kenmore and Lake Sammamish area. Students consider solutions to the problems that the Native Americans had to face. Students also consider how natural landforms, lakes, hills, forests, wetlands, etc. influence Native American settlement and travel.