Lesson Plan

The Geometric Artistry of Mesa Verde Pottery

Collection of pottery and other artifacts from the Wetherill Mesa Project, 1958 to 1962
Collection of pottery and other artifacts from the Wetherill Mesa Project, 1958 to 1962.
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Grade Level:
Seventh Grade-Twelfth Grade
Subject:
Art, Geometry, Mathematics
Duration:
One to two class periods
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:

CO 7th Math: 4.1, CCSS:7.G;
CO HS Math: 4.5, CCSS: G-MG, CCSS: G-MG.1, and CCSS: G-MG.2

Overview

In this geometry lesson, students will learn about the Ancestral
Pueblo people and the pottery they created. Students will use
their knowledge of geometric designs, symmetry, and parallel
lines to recreate a pot’s design based on actual pottery shards
from the Mesa Verde Collection.

Objective(s)

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of symmetry, geometric designs, and parallel lines by defining these terms in their own words.
  • Use their understanding of symmetry, geometric designs, and parallel lines to finish a layout given a shard of pottery.
  • Write a paragraph summarizing what they have learned.


Background

Find the background information at the following links:



Materials

  • Pencils
  • The Geometric Artistry of Mesa Verde Pottery Worksheet
  • Photocopies of pottery examples, the three types of structures, and pottery shards (see lesson plan)
  • PowerPoint, optional (Full lesson is available on the optional Powerpoint presentation - 7.6 mb)


Vocabulary

Geometric Designs
Parallel
Symmetry