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Looking for a lesson plan, a general overview of Washington State History, or ways to teach with objects? We've got it, and we'll be adding more over the next year as we revamp past online modules and develop more issues of COLUMBIAKids.  

A number of Washington State Historical Society curriculum modules are undergoing improvement and will be reposted as soon as they become available. To help accommodate those students and teachers who have been using them for some time, we have made a limited number of lesson plans available for download on our Lesson Plans page.

Please contact school programs if you have a particular need associated with content in one of our curriculum modules. We also suggest searching Columbia Magazine's  excellent collection of articles associated with the various topics of our curriculum modules (such as Lewis and Clark, women suffrage, Chief Leschi, and railroads).

Here are a few basic materials to get you started, but watch this page for more to come.


publications produced by the Education departmentField Guide to the Hall of Washington History: Free to all teachers who book a school field trip to the History Museum, the Field Guide is packed with narrative descriptions, vocabulary, timelines, and drawings.  It includes three levels of activity sheets for each area of the Great Hall, such as Natural Settings and the Wageworkers' Frontier.  Not able to come on a field trip?  Purchase a copy or download for free online.

History Lab To Go!: Free to ALL teachers until the end of the 2013 school year, History Lab To Go! is a full-color "traveling lab" experience. With explanations of the tools and concepts of historical inquiry as well as fun activities and visual investigations, this book also includes a CD-Rom of exciting software designed to help kids learn how to investigate the past. Email us your shipping address to request your copy.

Teaching the Tools of the History Trade: A special History Lab curriculum unit, "Tools" will help you introduce the wide range of historical evidence found in museums, archives and even our homes. Incorporating activities such as exhibit development, investigation techniques, and historical literacy, this print unit is available free by request.

For more information, contact the Education Department at 253-798-5927.