Lesson Plan

Ladders for Success

Ladders are how the Sinagua entered Montezuma Castle

This historic photo shows ladders leading rangers to Montezuma Castle

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Survival of the Sinagua Culture depended on communities of people working together as a team to accomplish everyday tasks.  Your 4th graders will learn about the number of family members and community members it took to farm, get water, chop and deliver wood for the fire pits and other daily tasks.  They will discuss the labor intensive chore of making a ladder, and then make their own mini version to see how it was done.