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Weekly Curriculum Map / Standards Correlation

Standards Coverage


Week 1: Geographical Formation of Washington

Students will study how Washington’s geography was formed over time. They will study how the Cascades, Rocky Mountains and Washington’s volcanoes were formed. 3.1.2, 5.1.1, Component 3.1

Week 2: Six Regions of Washington

Students will study the types of fossils that can be found in Washington. Using a word scramble, students will identify the states, country and ocean that border Washington. Students will also study Washington’s five natural regions and will identify unique characteristics of each. 1.1.1, 3.1.2, Component 3.1

Week 3: Mountains, Rivers, Deserts and Plains

Students will study four of Washington’s major rivers, the Columbia, Snake, Yamika and Okanogan. They will also identify some of Washington’s major lakes. Students will use a map to relate where they live to other regions of Washington. They will also identify Washington’s various mountain ranges. 3.1.2, Component 3.1, Component 4.3

Week 4: Climate and Resources

Students will define weather and climate and will identify characteristics of each. They will use maps of Washington to identify levels of precipitation and elevation. Students will also study aspects of thunderstorms, emphasizing characteristics of lightning. 3.1.2, Component 2.2, Component 3.1

Week 5: Early American Indians of Washington

Students will study how Washington’s inhabitants arrived here. They will study the cultures of Washington’s early inhabitants. They will learn about the Coastal, Interior, and Plateau and Plains Peoples of Washington and will identify unique characteristics of each. 3.1.2, 4.1.2, Component 3.1, Component 4.1

Week 6: American Indians of Coastal Area

Students will learn about Robert Gray’s discovery of the Columbia River. They will study the cultures of the coastal American Indians. They will learn unique characteristics of the Chinook, Clallam and Makah tribes. 3.1.2, 4.1.2, Component 4.1

Week 7: American Indians of the Cascade Mountains

Students will study the role of Jedediah Smith in navigating the Pacific Northwest territory. They will also study the American Indians of the Puget Sound. They will learn unique customs and skills of the Nooksack and Cowlitz tribes. 3.1.2, 3.3.1, 4.1.2, Component 2.2, Component 3.1, Component 3.3, Component 4.1


Week 8: American Indians of the High Desert Country

Students will learn about Sir Francis Drake and the mystery of Whale Cove. They will study the customs of the tribes of the Plateau and Plains. They will learn the unique characteristics of the Palouse and Yakima tribes. Component 5.2, 2.2.1, 5.1.2, 3.1.2, 5.2.1, Component 5.1, Component 2.2, Component 3.1

Week 9: European and American Explorers

Students will learn that the discovery of vitamin C improved health in sailors and increased exploration. Students will study many explorers and their roles in discovering the Northwest. They will learn about the background of each explorer and will identify each with his important discovery. 4.1.2, Component 1.1, Component 4.1

Week 10: Fur Trading Days

Students will study the role of fur trading in Washington’s history and statehood. They will identify four main ways in which the fur trade changed the Northwest region. Students will use a timeline to study the fur trade of the Northwest. They will also identify the major animals that were trapped for their fur. 3.1.2, 4.1.2, Component 3.1, Component 4.1

Week 11: The Expedition of Lewis and Clark

Students will be introduced to the expedition of the Louisiana Purchase by Lewis and Clark. They will learn about the role of American Indian Sacagawea in the navigation of the new territory. Students will study what life was like for the explorers on this voyage. They will learn that in 1805 the group successfully arrived at the Pacific Ocean. 4.1.2, Component 4.1

Week 12: The Oregon Trail

Students will study the hardships of moving west over the Oregon Trail. They will learn that the Oregon Trail brought the first permanent settlers to the Pacific Northwest. Students will use a game to learn about the daily life of pioneers on the trail. 2.1.1, 2.2.2, 4.1.2, Component 2.1, Component 4.1

Week 13: The Railroad Arrives

Students will study the history of the railroad in the United States. They will study the important trappers and explorers who helped open up the way to the Pacific Northwest. Students will also learn about the role of trapping companies, including Hudson’s Bay Company, the Northwest Company and the Pacific Fur Company, in navigating the Northwest. 2.2.1, 3.3.1, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, Component 2.2, Component 3.3, Component 4.1

Week 14: Early Growth and Development

Students will learn how the Wolf Meetings eventuated in the formation of the Organic Act of the Provisional Government of Oregon. They will learn that this Act was the first government of Washington. Students will use maps to track the formation of the Washington border. They will learn that Washington became a state in 1889. 4.1.2, 4.2.1, Component 4.1, Component 4.2


Week 15: Lumber, Mining and Fishing

Students will study the conflicts that arose between the American Indians and American troops as settlers moved into the Northwest. They will study the rise of the lumber, mining and agriculture industries of the Northwest. 4.4.1, 2.2.1, 3.1.2, 4.1.2, 4.2.1, 5.4.1, 5.4.2, Component 2.2, Component 3.1, Component 4.1, Component 4.2, Component 5.4

Week 16: Washington Becomes a State

Students will study the politics behind Washington’s statehood. They will learn that Washington became a state under President Harrison’s approval. Students will study various symbols of Washington and what they represent. They will also learn major features of the state, such as the highest point and largest city. 4.4.1, 3.1.2, 3.3.1, 4.1.2, Component 3.1, Component 3.3, Component 4.1

Week 17: Organizing Washington

Students will study Washington’s numerous counties. They will emphasize the history of the eight original counties of Washington, added during the 1840s-1850s. They will study features such as population and county seat. 2.2.1, 3.1.2, 3.3.1, 4.1.2, Component 2.2, Component 3.1, Component 3.3, Component 4.1

Week 18: Growth of 1850s and 1860s

Students will study Washington’s first governor, Isaac I. Stevens. They will learn about Stevens’ many great accomplishments. Students will study the thirteen counties that were added during the 1850s-1860s. They will learn the population, date of establishment and county seat of each. They will also learn where the name of each county comes from. 2.2.1, 3.1.2, 4.1.2, Component 3.1, Component 4.1

Week 19: Civil War

Students will learn about the “Pig War” that occurred before the Civil War. They will study the role of residents of the Pacific Northwest in the Civil War. They will learn that the women of the Northwest Territory provided more supplies to the war than any other territory. Students will also learn that residents of Washington worked together to defend forts until the troops returned. Students will study the eleven counties that were added to Washington during the 1870s-1880s. 2.2.1, 3.1.2, Component 2.2, Component 3.1

Week 20: 1900s

Students will study the booming population, industries and income of Washington in the early twentieth century. They will study the role of the railroad in increasing population. They will learn that the railroad also created conflict between Chinese immigrants and settlers. Students will learn about the seven counties that were added at the end of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth century. 2.2.1, 3.1.2, 4.1.2, Component 2.2, Component 3.1, Component 4.1

Week 21: Washington During World War I

Students will study the role of Washington in World War I. They will learn that communities worked together to fulfill the roles on the farm left vacant by soldiers. Students will study the booming industry of shipbuilding in the Puget Sound during WWI. They will also learn about the rise of labor unions during this time. 2.2.1, 2.4.1, 5.2.2, 4.3.1, Component 2.2, Component 2.4


Week 22: Great Depression

Students will learn about the invention of the first airplane by the Wright brothers. They will study the Roaring ‘20s as a time of prosperity before the Great Depression. Students will study the ways Americans struggled and tried to cope with the hardships of the Great Depression. Students will also learn about artists who arose during this time, such as Louis Armstrong, Alexandre Hogue and Dorothea Lange. 2.2.1, Component 1.2, Component 2.2

Week 23: Washington During World War II

Students will learn how the United States came into World War II due to the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. They will study the role of Washington in WWII. Students will learn that Washington again contributed to shipbuilding efforts, along with aircraft construction and food production. They will also learn that women filled the roles of men who were at war in factories and on farms. 2.2.1, Component 2.2

Week 24: Washington Cities and Manufacturing

Students will study various aspects of Washington over the last fifty years. They will study population, landscape and laws. They will also study industries such as agriculture, shipping and technologies such as electricity. 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 2.2.1, 2.4.1, 3.1.2, 3.3.1, Component 2.2, Component 2.4, Component 3.1, Component 3.3

Week 25: The Constitution - Mightier Than the Sword

Students will study some of the rights provided by the Bill of Rights. They will also study various rights provided by both state and federal constitutions. Students will identify their responsibilities in maintaining those rights as United States citizens. They will also learn about the three branches of government and the responsibilities of each. 1.1.1, Component 1.1

Week 26: Washington Landmarks & Parklands

Students will study Washington’s landmarks and parklands, with an emphasis on the Olympic Peninsula. They will learn about places such as the Makah Reservation, Grays Harbor and major cities such as Seattle and Bellevue. They will also learn about Washington’s volcanoes and islands. 2.2.1, Component 2.2

Week 27: Economics in Washington

Students will read a narrative to learn about the dynamics of a city. They will study Washington’s industries by region. Students will learn how the state’s natural features drive some of these industries. 2.2.1, Component 2.2

Week 28: Citizenship in Washington

Students will study the components of being good citizens. They will learn that through voting citizens can influence public policy. Students will also learn ways citizens can get involved in the community, such as running for office and respecting other citizens. They will learn the importance of knowing the history of both the state and the United States. Students will learn that understanding laws is also an important aspect of being a good citizen. 1.4.1, Component 1.4

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