Resources for Teachers and Educators

Class visits from school and other educational groups are welcome by arrangement. We recommend teachers plan trips or tours at least 3 weeks in advance. You can call the museum at (541) 756-6320 and ask for Jessica Howell or Marcia Hart or email us at to arrange a visit. 


Our Fourth Grade Program

The 4th Grade Indian Education Program was developed as a collaborative effort between the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, and the Coos History Museum.  It aims to familiarize students with regional history, the museum, and local sites of historical significance to Native people. The program consists of three parts delivered in three separate occasions. The first part is delivered in the classroom by teachers using Shared History/Tribal History Curriculum, to introduce the concepts and materials that will be emphasized later in the field trips that follow. The museum visit uses the collections and staff expertise, to illuminate local history of the first inhabitants of our area. The final part of the program takes place at the Coquille Plankhouse, where staff from the Tribes share local historical and contemporary culture.

 In keeping with the growing demand for K-12 and museum education; to strive for a more equitable, decolonizing lens, the 4th grade program focuses on the history, and contemporary cultures of the Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. This program aims to provide students with the multiple perspectives, and shared histories of the area. This program received an Excellence Award from the Oregon Heritage Commission in 2008 and we continue to share, and evolve its contents with educators across our state striving to reach similar goals of a more accurate and inclusive history education.

Our program incorporates diverse perspectives, and encourages analytical thinking.  We hope to engage students in the processes of critical thinking, that are crucial to historical research. Our goal is to supplement the great work already being done by local teachers, by aligning our concepts and materials to the Oregon State Content Standards.

[1] Shared History/Tribal History (aka SB 13 Curriculum)

ODE website:

Coquille Curriculum:

CTCLUSI Curriculum:

We are now scheduling 4th Grade Museum Tours for dates in February and March 2023.  We have morning and afternoon tours for most days. 

Please go to our event Calendar to reserve your day and time for the tour. Tours are designed for groups up to 30 students. If you have more students in your group, please contact Marcia Hart at to make special arrangements. 

Feel free to contact to request resources on topics that may specifically compliment your lessons and curriculum this school year.

We are excited to help prepare Coos County and surrounding districts for this new curriculum. Click the image above to reach the site, which elaborates more on what this bill means for Oregon schools, as well as linking webinars detailing curriculum for teachers.

4th Grade Classroom Resources

For more information on these resources, contact Marsha Frost, of the Coquille Indian Tribe at or Marcia Hart at

Classroom Powerpoint Presentation: 4th Grade In-Classroom Presentation

Classroom Powerpoint Presentation w/ audio:  4th Grade In-Classroom Presentation_with audio

Presentation Script:  4th Grade In Classroom Script

9 Recognized Tribe Puzzle:  Oregon Tribes Logo Identification