Introduction The students have just been hired by the Washington State Historical Society. Their first assignment is to prepare an educational presentation on the differences between the coastal and plateau tribes of Washington state. The director (teacher) realizes that this is their first assignment, so he has broken down the process for them to guide them through their first project. There will be 4 missions to complete this presentation. The first mission is background information on the geography of Washington state. The second mission will be looking into a specific coastal tribe. The third mission will be looking into a specific plateau tribe. The final mission will be putting all of the information together into a culminating educational PowerPoint presentation and a compare and contrast paper. Aim This curriculum web is designed for middle school students to understand the influence of geography on the indigenous population of Washington state while promoting a more comprehensive understanding of different Native American cultures. Rationale Native Americans have had a profound effect on the historical, cultural, and socioeconomic development of the state of Washington. This activity has been developed to make students aware of the significant and important contributions made by the indigenous population both past and present. It is important that each student gain an awareness of the variety of cultures that existed in the state prior to European arrival. Students must also understand the many cultural similarities and differences along with the impact geography had on the development of the two contrasting Native American cultures Coastal and Plateau within the state. Native Americans have been an important contributor to Washington States heritage and economic development. While Native Americans were the original inhabitants until the mid-16th century they provided much of the foundation for future growth and development. It is important for students to understand how geography has impacted their lives so they can better understand the economic and cultural differences with in the state today. The link between geography and how our state developed is an integral part of a student's knowledge to understand our history and their place in it. The Coastal and Plateau Indians will be studies in great detail to delineate the differences between them and to emphasize the influence geography had on these great cultures. By allowing students to discover these correlations, they will gain a better understanding of the culture they live in and the development of the state in which they live. Goals and Objectives 1. Understand the 6 regions of Washington and the differences between western Washington and eastern Washington. 2. Realize the impact of geography on the cultural development of early Native American cultures. 3. Compare and contrast the tribal structure, shelter, diet, and clothing, between Pacific Northwest's Coastal and Plateau Indian groups.