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Coast Salish Curriculum

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Coast Salish Curriculum

The Renton History Museum has developed a curriculum for 3rd and 4th grade students in consultation with the Duwamish Tribe, the ClassroomMuckleshoot Indian Tribe, and the Renton School District, among others.

The curriculum aligns with the Washington State and Renton School District requirements in social studies and supports Since Time Immemorial. This curriculum is designed to be particularly specific to the lives, histories, and cultures of the Duwamish people, as they represent the local tribe in the Renton area.  

What It Covers

The curriculum aligns with the Washington state and Renton School District requirements in social studies. The Social Studies Classroom Based Assessments (CBA's) for this projects are "Human and the Environment," "Dig Deep," "Cultural Contributions," and "Meeting Needs and Wants," together with the Grade Level Expectations in Visual Arts.

The Renton History Museum Coast Salish curriculum is not intended as a replacement for Since Time Immemorial. However, it offers students an entry point to understand several concepts recommended by Since Time Immemorial, particularly: 

  1. The fifth “Big Five” Since Time Immemorial poses for students to know by the end of elementary school: identify the names and locations of tribes in their area. 
  2. The first “Essential Question” Since Time Immemorial poses for students to know by the end of elementary school: How does physical geography affect the distribution, culture, and economic life of local tribes? 

How to Check Out a Kit

The Renton History Museum Coast Salish Curriculum Kits are checked out from the Museum on a first come first serve basis. Reservations and payment are due at least two weeks prior to scheduled check out. Prices are as follows:

  • Curriculum Kit check out for 2 weeks.................$30
  • Extension of check out of an additional week.... $10
  • Delivery Charge (optional)................................$30

For more detailed information or to reserve a kit, see the RHM Coast Salish Rental Agreement Form or email the Public Engagement Coordinator.