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  • Pottery in Museum Collection

    Essential question: How did the ancestral Pueblos make their pottery? What did they use to paint their pottery, and how did they choose their designs?

    Students will be able to: Identify the stylistic attributes of Acoma, Jemez, San Ildefonso, and Santa Clara pottery and distinguish between the traditional Acoma, Jemez, San Ildefonso, and Santa Clara pottery design motifs and forms. Recognize and create similar objects and stylistic motifs

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
  • Five different park maps showing various NPS units with four closed and one open.

    This is a classroom based, free teacher led program. National Park Legacy Voyagers is designed for ninth through twelfth grade students so they can go on an exploration of National Park Sites and learn about National Parks. Lesson plans include reading, writing, community service, presenting activities. Activities focus on cultural and natural resources and reasons for national parks. Activities feature budgeting and planning activity.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Geology, History, Oceans
    Keywords:
    National Parks, legacy, cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, climate change, careers, Wildland-Urban Interface
  • Mesa Verde National Park

    Can You Solve It? A Scavenger Hunt

    Diorama of Spruce Tree House with Ancestral Pueblo people going about their daily activities

    “Can You Solve It?” is a FIELD TRIP activity designed to engage students in an active exploration of the Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. It complements a self-guided visit to Spruce Tree House nearby. Activity cards describe fictional scenarios that depict the life of Ancestral Pueblo people in A.D. 1200 to A.D 1275. Much like a scavenger hunt, students must locate objects, solve problems, and answer questions by examining exhibits, making observations, and recording what they find.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Community, Family Life, Social Studies, Writing
  • Artwork showing a visit to Balcony House through the imagination of a child where present meets the past.

    This POST-VISIT ACTIVITY is intended for use after a trip to Mesa Verde National Park and an educational tour of Balcony House.

    Students write a story describing a trip back through time to Balcony House in the year A.D. 1250. Students will describe the environment, their daily activities, and how they meet their basic needs. A class discussion will enhance the lesson by comparing and contrasting their lives with the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Family Life, Language Arts
  • Hands Over Time

    Students will recognize that handprint petroglyphs and pictographs may be prehistoric signatures. By leaving behind their own handprints on paper, students will increase their understanding of the value of petroglyphs and the need for their preservation.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Second Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Art, History
  • Students will participate in a virtual dig and use accompanying field notes and action photos to investigate their own online "hearth" site.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, History
  • Pottery in Museum Storage at Aztec Ruins

    Each pot sherd has a story and helps to complete the picture of a people in the absence of a written history. The ancestral Pueblo people created pottery for utilitarian, ceremonial functions and rituals, and trade. The styles of the pottery found at Aztec Ruins had specific relevance to their particular pre-historical, cultural context and intended use.

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    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    First Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art
  • Collection of pottery and other artifacts from the Wetherill Mesa Project, 1958 to 1962

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Seventh Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Geometry, Mathematics
  • Red and white plaster used to create mural at Cliff Palace

    Plaster and paint are integral parts of archeological research at Mesa Verde. In this lesson, students use soil to create their own plaster artwork. They also act as archeologists and use the scientific method to explain how the Ancestral Pueblo people used soil to make plaster and paint.

    For this activity, the scientific method includes 5 basic steps: Making observations, asking informed questions, forming a hypothesis, testing hypotheses, and revising a hypothesis or forming a conclusion.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Architecture, Art, Science and Technology
  • The Power of Tools

    This lesson is designed to teach young students about the many uses of tools over time. Students will not only understand how important tools were, but how they have been adapted and changed over time to fit our societal needs.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Archaeology, Art, History
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