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Investigating a Place: The Pacific Northwest

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Language Arts And English +5 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

What defines a place? Is it its people? Economic life? Physical characteristics?

Examine this collection of images from or about the Pacific Northwest (loosely defined as Washington and Oregon states and British Columbia) to answer these questions: What are its unique set of physical and cultural conditions? How do these physical and cultural conditions interact? How does the economy of the PNW connect to its culture and geography? What are the consequences of human activity on the cultural and physical landscape?

Ask students individually or in small groups to create a collection in Learning Lab to represent the physical and cultural characteristics of another place (city, region, state). Using these collections, ask students to write summary statements describing the unique human and physical characteristics of places researched. Discuss student collections and what makes each place unique.

Tags: Portland, Seattle, Oregon, Washington, Vancouver, Native Americans, American Indians, grunge, space needle

Boeing 247-D

National Air and Space Museum

Sperm Whale Tooth Napkin Ring, 20th Century

National Museum of American History

Scrimshaw Necklace

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bird Wearing Spirit Mask

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Bird And Chalice

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Mesa, from the "Landscape Series"

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Shellfish Shipping Crate

National Museum of American History

Explosive Powder Shipping Crate

National Museum of American History

Apple Crate Label

National Museum of American History

Ammonia Shipping Crate

National Museum of American History

Radio Microphone

National Museum of American History

Fisherman’s Work Gloves

National Museum of American History

Fishing For a Living 1840-1920

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Fish Market (Seattle Market Scene Sketch)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Oregon Exchange Company, 5 Dollars, 1849

National Museum of American History

Francis Parkman

National Portrait Gallery

James Jerome Hill

National Portrait Gallery

Kurt Cobain

National Portrait Gallery

Bill and Melinda Gates

National Portrait Gallery

Seattle

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

4c Seattle World's Fair single

National Postal Museum

The Farm

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Canoe race, Salish Indians, British Columbia

National Anthropological Archives