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    Walnut Canyon

    National Monument Arizona

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  • Walnut Canyon National Monument

    Geology Makes a Home

    Geology Makes a Home

    In Geology Makes a Home, students will learn why the Ancestral Puebloans used certain rock types to build their homes and how the alcoves that the people built their homes in are formed at Walnut Canyon.

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    The Bean Lab: Grades 5-8

    The Bean Lab: Grades 5-8

    In "The Bean Lab", students will compare how native food plants grow at three culturally historic places near Flagstaff, Arizona. Students will plant and grow Hopi Black Beans in three different soil types taken from areas near Walnut Canyon National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. All materials will be supplied to interested teachers.

  • Wupatki National Monument

    Water Hunt Maze

    Water Hunt Maze

    In this activity, students must reach the river at the top of the maze by beginning at the bottom of the maze. In addition to the activity provided the students will need two six sided dice.

  • Walnut Canyon National Monument

    What's in a Room?

    What's in a Room?

    In this activity, students will experiment with the spatial orientation and layout of Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monuments using the maps and map elements provided. Ideally students should be allowed to experiment with this activity before visiting the sites and after visiting the sites to gain a better understanding of the daily lives of the people who lived in these locations.

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    Layers of Time

    Layers of Time

    In this activity students will learn how archaeologists use stratigraphy to determine the relative age of artifacts.

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    Tree Ring Activity

    Tree Ring Activity

    In this activity students will learn about tree rings and how archaeologists use them to help date archaeological sites and artifacts.

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    Walnut Canyon Web Quest

    Walnut Canyon Web Quest

    This web-based activity will walk the students through a virtual tour of many of the key natural and cultural sites around the monument while helping the students learn about the processes and history that makes this area so unique. Students will conduct an internet based inquiry investigation focusing on understanding how the plants, animals, people and places have shaped this unique place.

  • Walnut Canyon National Monument

    The Bean Lab: Grades 2-5

    The Bean Lab: Grades 2-5

    In "The Bean Lab", students will compare how native food plants grow at three culturally historic places near Flagstaff, Arizona. Students will plant and grow Hopi Black Beans in three different soil types taken from areas near Walnut Canyon National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. All materials will be supplied to interested teachers.

Did You Know?

photo of Willa Cather

Willa Cather (1873-1947) is best known for her novels My Antonia and Death Comes for the Archbishop. She also wrote Song of the Lark, set at what is now Walnut Canyon National Monument.