Grand Canyon National Park's free distance learning programs offer students an exciting introduction to the science behind the park.
The Human Story presents Grand Canyon's rich history over the last 12,000 years. Through a live and interactive lesson with park rangers via the Internet, students journey back through time as they learn to look at the landscape through the eyes of an archaeologist. The program lasts about one hour.
How to Participate
- The Human Story Lesson Plan (337KB PDF)
- The Human Story National Standards (72KB PDF)
- Time Line Activity Cards (745KB PDF) During the program we will ask you to divide your class into groups of 4 or 5 for this activity. Please make sure to print enough cards (one-sided) so that each group will have a set.
- Student pre-assessment
- Student post-assessment
- Grand Canyon Archaeology Virtual Tour
- Grand Canyon Archaeology River Video
- The fictional chapter book Path of the Thunderbird can be used to provide a deeper connection with our curriculum along with addition resources located on the book's website.
- American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Art, Environment, Geography, Historic Preservation, History, Science and Technology, Science History, Social Studies, Westward Expansion
- National/State Standards:
NSS-USH.5-12.1 ERA 1
NGSS: MSE SS3-4
- Distance Learning