Elementary Unit 3 US History
Freeing the Elwha
This unit features four lessons from the Freeing the Elwha Curriculum
- Good Intentions (Lesson 5)
- A Long and Difficult Process (Lesson 6)
- Should the Elwha be Removed? A Classroom Debate (Lesson 7)
- Salmon the Life Giving Gift (Optional) (Lesson 8)
Note: Some links may not be active in the lesson plans developed by the National Park Service.
Native Homelands Along the Lewis and Clark Trail
Legacy for Us Today Elwha
1780 - Present
STI Unit Overview
The Freeing the Elwha Curriculum is an inquiry and standards based, integrated curriculum designed to guide middle school students in understanding the natural and manmade processes involved in river restoration. The removal of two dams from the Elwha River began September 2011, and is historic as it is the biggest dam removal project in the world. The Elwha River flows through the beautiful Olympic National Park, in Washington, and is unique in having been largely protected from adverse human impacts. When the dams come out, the Elwha River will once again host its famous salmon runs. The curriculum focuses on this historic event.
Unit Instructional Materials
The following instructional materials accompany all of the lessons
- Ancient Peoples
- Euro-History & Elwha
- Elwha Dam Removal
- Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act
- Video: When the Salmon Run Dry (not included with the Since Time Immemorial Curriculum)
- When the Salmon Run Dry Questions
STI Essential Questions
- What were the political, economic, and cultural forces that led to the treaties?
- What are the ways in which tribes respond to the threats and outside pressure to extinguish their cultures and independence?
Standards for Social Studies, English Language Arts, Environmental and Sustainability Education, and Social Emotional Learning
OSPI-Developed Assessments for Social Studies
Unit Developed By
Shana Brown (Yakama descendent)
Based on lessons adapted from the National Park Service Freeing the Elwha Curriculum.