Digging the Lake: The Lake Union Underwater Archaeology Project Classroom Heritage Trunk

Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, in partnership with The Center for Wooden Boats and MOHAI, has created a heritage trunk for classroom use. “Digging the Lake” introduces students to the varied themes that make up the history and geography of an urban lake, using the Lake Union Underwater Archaeology Project as a focus. Photos, videos, maps, suggested activities, and resource materials allow elementary and middle school students to learn about methods of historical research, including the use of primary and secondary sources and the role of underwater archaeology. The trunk also includes diving equipment that children may try on.

The trunk is available to rent through the Museum of History and Industry’s Education Department. To arrange to rent the trunk, go to MOHAI’s Portable Museum Request Form on their website.

Eastside Heritage Center: Change Over Time

Eastside Heritage Center‘s curriculum focuses on specific people who lived in various places around Lake Washington, whose lives were affected by the lowering of the Lake in 1916. Each unit includes a brief biography, primary source documents, historic photographs, a map showing the shoreline before and after the lake was lowered, and suggested questions and activities, aimed at 7th grade students. Developed in partnership with the Bellevue School District. For more information or to obtain curriculum materials, contact Eastside Heritage Center at education@eastsideheritagecenter.org.


520 History Curriculum

History, Geography, and Civics lesson plans exploring how communities in the SR 520 corridor region have been shaped by their environment and how those communities have utilized and altered that landscape to fit their needs. Lesson plans are aligned with state standards, and include primary and secondary sources, guiding questions for discussions and classroom activities, and ideas for classroom based assessment (CBA) activities. The lessons are targeted at grades 3/4 and 7/8, but can be easily adapted for other grades.

Developed by the Washington State Department of Transportation in partnership with HistoryLink.