Materials for Teachers

Clark County Historical Museum gratefully acknowledges the help of our volunteer Education Committee in the preparation of our Materials for Teachers.

  • Joan Dengerink – Education Committee Chair
  • Pepper Kim – Legacy High School teacher
  • David Barber – Social Studies Teacher, Vancouver SD
  • Lisa Staley – Professor of Art History, Clark College
  • Michael Heim – Retired Educator & Volunteer
  • Judie Cole – Social Studies Teacher, Vancouver SD


For information and lesson plans from our Artifact Detectives program, click here.


Teaching Materials from Past Programs and Exhibits

David Thompson Teacher Resource Packet

The Resource Packet complements the Mapmaker’s Eye exhibit which commemorates the bicentennial of fur agent and cartographer David Thompson’s explorations in the Northwest between 1807 and 1812. The exhibit will be at Clark County Historical Museum for a limited engagement through June 6. Thompson, the counterpart of America’s Lewis and Clark, was an English-Canadian fur trader who worked for the Hudson Bay Company in Manitoba, Canada, before joining its competitor, the Northwest Company. Thompson was the first European to navigate the full length of the Columbia River. The maps he made of the Columbia River basin east of the Cascade Mountains were of such high quality and detail that they were used well into the mid-20th century.

The 12 lesson plans in this packet, published by the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, were designed by teachers that attended a 2005 summer institute, Traveling in the Footsteps of David Thompson. Please click here to view/download the resource packet. (See p. 2 of the Packet for a list of lessons by title.)

Materials from 2007 Summer Workshop for Teachers

The Clark County Historical Museum’s summer workshop provided participating teachers the opportunity to spend time with archaeologists and other experts, examine artifacts, learn more about local history and classroom applications, as well as find out what is really inside a museum.

Workshop activities facilitated teachers’ preparation of engaging social studies materials and activities for use in their classrooms and in meeting the state’s Classroom-Based Assessment (CBA) requirements. Districts will be required to report CBA results to OSPI by school year 2008-2009.

Grant funding for the summer workshop was generously provided by Clark County’s 2007 Historical Promotion Grants program. A total of 15 teachers from throughout Clark County’s school Districts were selected competitively and participated in five days of workshops.

Under state law, OSPI is expecting one CBA to be performed at every grade level (3-12) every year. The exact format and information to be reported has not yet been decided. CBAs, essentially, take the place of a Social Studies “WASL.” CBAs on the OSPI website were developed by Washington teachers. OSPI’s website for CBAs includes directions and rubrics, sample graphic organizers, and scored sample papers.

It might be noted that most of the curriculum units created by the museum’s workshop participants tap into the state’s “Dig Deep: Analyze Artifacts & Sources” CBA for history at the elementary level and for history and geography at middle and high school levels.
Funding for this program provided by Clark County’s 2007 Historical Promotion Grants (HPG) program.

Teacher Participants

2007 Curriculum Workshop Teachers

Unit Plans

Lesson Plans Grade Level(s) Central Question CBA Files
“Would I?”
By Jerilyn Braskett
3-6 Why I would or wouldn’t come west to settle in Clark County, Washington? Elem History, “Dig Deep: Analyze Artifacts” CurriculumDetails (2mb)
SocialStudiesCBAs&You PDF
WouldI PDF
“Vancouver Graffiti”
By Lynn Butts & Judie Cole
10 What was the most significant change reflected in high school culture from World War II to present? HS History & Geography, “Dig Deep: Analyze Artifacts & Sources” Bay1955-2007 PDF
CulturalResourcesFactSheet PDF
Teaching&LearningWithMaterialCulture PDF
TopFiveSongsOf1956-66-76-86-96-06 PDF
VancouverGraffiti PDF
“Family Artifacts and Oral Histories”
By Laurie Creager
4-8 How has your family been influenced by Washington’s history and vice versa? How has your family been influenced by Washington’s history and vice versa? FamilyArtifact&OralHistories PDF
Scripting the Past
By Lyudmila Dyachenko
9 What can be learned from photos and newspaper articles about the transpolar flight of Valery Chkalov in 1937? HS History & Geography, “Dig Deep: Analyze Artifacts & Sources” ChkalovPhotos PDF (1.5mb)
ScriptingThePast PDF
“Bicycles in Clark County”
By Debbie Githens
Elem What has been the role of bicycles in Clark County? How did bicycles impact the life of people in Clark County in the mid-1800s -1920? MS History, “Dig Deep: Analyze Artifacts” BicyclesInClarkCounty PDF
GithensCurriculumDetails PDF
“A Brief History of the Orchards Area Focusing on Silver Star Elementary School”
By Sandy Hayslip
3-4 What was here before us? Elem History, “Dig Deep: Analyze Artifacts” HayslipCurriculumDetails PDF
HistoryOfOrchards&SilverStarElem PDF (13mb)
Relevant Artifact Analyses”
By Patricia Henderson
8, 10 What does a person need to know to understand what an artifact is and what was its purpose? MS History, “Dig Deep: Analyze Artifacts” RelevantArtifactInformation PDF
RelevantArtifactInformationVersion2 PDF
“Uniforms: Creating Group Identity”
By Pepper Kim
6-12 How do uniforms contribute to group identity? What characteristics, beliefs and purposes are uniforms meant to convey? How do changes in a uniform’s style reflect political, cultural, technological, economic and other influences? HS History & Geography, “Dig Deep: Analyze Artifacts & Sources” and CBPAs for the Visual Arts UniformsCreatingGroupID070827 PDF
UniformsCreatingGroupIdentity PDF (3mb)
“A Throw-Away Society”
By Kristin Garrett-Lummio
5-6 How has an idea or technology affected the way people live? Elem History, “What’s the Big Idea?” A-Throw-AwaySociety PDF
WhatstheBigIdea PDF
“Shahala’s Past Lives”
By Cindy McLean & Melissa Theis
7 Who lived in the Shahala MS boundary area before us? What was life like for them? MS History & Geography, “Enduring Cultures” ShahalasBoundaryAreaThen&Now PDF
ShahalasPastLives PDF
“Vancouver Uncovered”
By Tara Rethwill
10-11 What comparisons can be made in the examination of historical features of our own city that tell us about our culture today? What key elements of our city still exist today? HS History & Geography, “Dig Deep: Analyze Artifacts & Sources” MuseumText PDF
VancouverUncoveredSlidePresentation PDF
VancouverUncoveredCurriculumDetails PDF
“Modified Lessons for Social Studies”
By Pat Spencer
6-8 How is your life different from your parents and grandparents at that age? What do useful items from the past tell us about how people lived? Elem and MS History, “Dig Deep: Analyze Artifacts” ModifiedLessonsForSocialStudies PDF (2mb)
“Impact of Dam Construction on the Columbia River”
By Ken Utterback
11-12 What impact have dams had on local people, including the politics of electrical production, salmon migration, and travel along the Columbia? HS History & Geography, “Dig Deep: Analyze Artifacts & Sources” DamConstructionOnTheColumbia PDF