Lesson Plan

Grand Canyon Human History

Grand Canyon rock art depicting hunters (left) and game animals.
Grand Canyon rock art created by people long ago.

NPS photo by Michael Quinn

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Eighth Grade
American Indian History and Culture, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Entrepreneurs, History, Pioneer America, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Westward Expansion
National/State Standards:
Grand Canyon, Colorado Plateau, Puebloan, Anasazi, Colorado River, split twig, pueblo, pioneer, ancient, archeology, Ruins, timeline, rock art


From rock art to railways, this set of activities expands students' knowledge of archaeology and human history at Grand Canyon and in the southwestern United States.


Designed to enhance student learning about Grand Canyon's human history, these lesson plans cover more than 12,000 years of culture at the canyon. Activities can be performed before or after your human history field trip (Rails and Tales; Time Travelers). If you are not attending a field trip to the park, most activities can be used independently in your classroom.

Lesson plans include:

  • Create a Cover
  • As Big as a House
  • Pushing the Envelope
  • Is a Picture Worth 1,000 Words?
  • Oral History Interview
  • History Detectives
  • Split Twig Figurines
  • Making and Understanding Rock Art
  • Human History Timeline
Click here to access Grand Canyon Human History lesson plans.

Learn about ranger-led field trips at Grand Canyon National Park.


Ancestral Puebloan; architect; architecture; Colorado Plateau; Civilian Conservation Corps; geography; Great Depression; petroglyph; pictograph; pueblo; South Rim; North Rim; split twig figurine; observation; inference

Last updated: February 24, 2015