Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments have developed an Educator's Guide to assist teachers in developing lessons about archeology, biology, geology and the natural and cultural history of the Verde Valley. Each activity is designed to engage the students with the resources of the monuments and encourage critical thinking. These lesson plans also help educators prepare their students for a visit to Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well or Tuzigoot National Monuments.
Below you will find links to the entire curriculum. The links are to pdfs, and you will need a free pdf reader such as Adobe Reader. The lesson plans have been broken into seperate sections for easy downloading. You will also find a reference table identifying the Arizona State Standards that are addressed with each activity. The page numbers referenced for each activity in this document refer to the numbers within the curriculum itself. For example, the document titled "Part 5: Natural History: Geology" begins with page 85 of the curriculum.
If you are planning to bring your students to one of our sites, please visit the Plan a Field Trip page of this website for details on preparations you will need to make, as well as forms to waive the entrance fees for chaperones, teachers and students 16 years of age and older.
Arizona State Standards Reference Table
Introduction and Contents
Part 1: Cultural History
Part 2: Cultural History Answer Key
Part 3: Natural History Introduction
Part 4: Natural History - Geology
Part 5: Natural History - Biodiversity
Part 6: Natural History - Riparian Habitats
Part 7: Natural History - Tavasci Marsh
Part 8: Natural History - Wetlands
Part 10: Natural History - Crossword Answer Key
Did You Know?
The Sinagua people witnessed the most recent volcanic eruption of Sunset Crater along the eastern slope of the San Francisco Peaks. In 1064 A.D. Sunset Crater erupted and then flared up intermittently for nearly 200 years, spreading half a billion tons of ash across 800 square miles.