Lesson Plan

Tales of a Time Traveler (Post-Visit Activity)

Artwork showing a visit to Balcony House through the imagination of a child where present meets the past.
Artwork showing a visit to Balcony House through the imagination of a child.

Courtesy of Mesa Verde Museum Association. Jim Tschetter, artist.

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Eighth Grade
American Indian History and Culture, Family Life, Language Arts
Two to four class periods
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
CO.4.SS.GEO.2, CO.5.SS.HIS.2
CO.6.SS.HIS.1, CO.6.SS.GEO.2
CO.7.SS.GEO.2, CO.8.SS.GEO.2


This POST-VISIT ACTIVITY is intended for use after a trip to Mesa Verde National Park and an educational tour of Balcony House.

Students write a story describing a trip back through time to Balcony House in the year A.D. 1250. Students will describe the environment, their daily activities, and how they meet their basic needs. A class discussion will enhance the lesson by comparing and contrasting their lives with the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people


Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their knowledge of the three elements of culture discussed at Mesa Verde (basic needs, activities of daily living, and adaptations to environment) through stories.
  • Identify at least three specific features of Balcony House in their stories.
  • Explain the significance of cultural artifacts or ideas.
  • Demonstrate an ability to compare and contrast elements of their culture with another's.


  • Paper and pencil for all students
  • Pictures from your Mesa Verde field trip, or alternatively from the park website (www.nps.gov/meve)
  • Copies of diagrams on p.3 and p.4 of lesson plan, or alternatively draw these on chart paper or chalk/white board

Last updated: September 12, 2015