Elementary School Curriculum

Big Five

By the time Washington State students leave elementary school, they will understand:

  1. understand that over 500 independent tribal nations exist within the United States today, and that they interact with the United States, as well as each other, on a government-to-government basis;
  2. understand tribal sovereignty is “a way that tribes govern themselves in order to keep and support their ways of life;”
  3. understand that tribal sovereignty predates treaty times;
  4. understand how the treaties that tribal nations entered into with the United States government limited their sovereignty; and
  5. identify the names and locations of tribes in their area.

Washington State History

1. WA-Exploring Washington State Prior to Statehood

Tribal Homelands

2. WA-Living in Washington: Its Geography, Resources, and the Economy

Living In Celilo

3. WA-Being Citizens in Washington

Salmon Recovery


United States History

1. US-Encounter, Colonization, and Devastation

Tribal Homelands

2. US-Revolution & Independence

Revolution and US Constitution in Indian Country

3. US-Legacy for Us Today

Oral Tradition and the Survival of Tribal Lifeways

Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum and CCSS elementary template


STI Classroom-Based Assessment Guide


Elementary Washington State History  Elementary United States History

STI Unit

Corresponding CBA

STI Unit

Corresponding CBA

Exploring Washington State Prior to Statehood:  Tribal Homelands Humans and the Environment US Indian Encounter, Colonization, and Devastation:  Tribal Homelands Causes of Conflict
Living in Washington:  Celilo Falls Whose Rules? Revolution and Independence Causes of ConflictWhat’s the Big Idea?
Being Citizens in WA:  The Boldt Decision Whose Rules? Legacy for Us Today:  Elwha What’s the Big Idea?