grade students at Yelm Middle School present Nisqually Indian
Tribe projects to fourth grade students at McKenna, Southworth
and Fort Stevens elementary schools. (photo courtesy of Cody
Yelm Middle School teacher Cody Colts seventh grade Washington
state history class keep the legacy of the Nisqually Indian Tribe
alive by presenting to younger peers.
It is a state graduation requirement to enroll in Washington
state history, a class that teaches students about the history of
the Pacific Northwest from Indian tribes to the Northwest Passage.
Colts project prompts students to study one aspect of the
Nisqually Indian Tribe from hundreds of years ago including housing
and medicine. Students are then tasked with creating a project based
on that one aspect of native living.
Theres a lot of good things come from this,
Colt said. The class can see what a local tribe looked like
before white settlers came here and they get to work on presentation
skills by presenting to fourth graders and they will show it to
their parents at conferences.
When the projects are completed, all 700 students at Yelm Middle
School vote for the best projects. The best projects are selected
to present to fourth graders at Fort Stevens, McKenna and Southworth
It gives them skills for future presentations and shows
what the Nisqually tribe had to go through which is really cool,