National Park Colorado
Go on an Archeological Litter Survey
•Have your class pick up litter in a defined area and discuss the impact of litter on the environment.
Make a Survival Plan
•Pretend that you must leave your home tomorrow. You will be going to a desert area and there are no established cities (no modern conveniences such as running water and electricity). Make a list of survival equipment that you would like to have with you.
•Now pretend that you are only allowed to take anything that you can pile into a wheelbarrow.
Conduct a Community Evaluation Survey
•Go on a walk through your community. Look for ten conditions that indicate a thriving community and ten conditions that indicate a community in decline.
Build a Dwelling
•Make a three-dimensional model of an Ancestral Puebloan dwelling.
•Use your school library to find a book on Ancestral Puebloan pottery making.
Visit an Ancestral Puebloan "Grocery Store"
•Have students make or bring in food containers of things that they find on the shelves of their local grocery stores.
Charades -- Ancestral Puebloan Style
•Talk about Ancestral Puebloan communities surrounding Mesa Verde and discuss possible interaction among these communities, such as trade, marriage, socializing, etc. It is most probable that these communities did not share the same language. How do you think they communicated?