In collaboration with the Bellevue School District, the Eastside Heritage Center has developed the Change Over Time curriculum to guide 7th grade students in an exploration of how the lowering of Lake Washington in 1916 (when the Lake Washington Ship Canal opened) had an impact on our region.
The activities introduce students to the study of maps and environmental history, and focus on specific people who lived in various places around Lake Washington, whose lives were affected by the lowering of the lake. Each person’s set of materials 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.
A complete printed set of the curriculum materials is available to check out from the Eastside Heritage Center. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.