Curricula

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The Renton History Museum has developed a curriculum for 3rd and 4th grade students in consultation with the Duwamish Tribe, the Muckleshoot 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.

Please contact the museum's Public Engagement Coordinator for more information.

What standards does the curriculum support?

3rd Grade Social Studies

The curriculum will align 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.
Table of school standards met by curriculum

Since Time Immemorial

The 2015 Washington State legislature passed SB5433 requiring the inclusion of tribal sovereignty curriculum be taught in all schools. The resulting curriculum is called Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State, which has been endorsed by all 29 federally recognized tribes.

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 does it work?

The Renton History Museum Coast Salish Curriculum Kits are checked out from the museum on a first come first serve basis. The kits include one binder complete with lesson plans, photographs, and stories of the materials needed to complete the lessons. 

Table of Lesson plan

Teachers have the option to customize the amount of time spent teaching by including lesson extensions or omitting lessons.

How are the kits checked out?

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:

Curriculum Kit check out for 2 weeks ............. $30
Extension for 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.



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