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Pueblo people at Cliff Palace were part of a community - they lived and worked together to get things done. Join Ranger Jill on a journey into the past and learn how the Ancestral Pueblo people built and lived in this impressive ancient cliff dwelling.
The Magic of Community
Mesa Verde National Park was created to protect and preserve the buildings and cultural remnants of the Ancestral Pueblo people. While watching the video, "A Magical Village," students will travel back in time with a ranger to learn how the community members of Cliff Palace lived and worked together. By comparing activities in present-day communities to those of communities in the past, students discover that people work together to achieve common goals.
3rd to 5th grade
How do communities work together to ensure that everyone has what they need?
Colorado State Standards
This program has been designed to meet the following Standards:
Vocabulary & Concepts
Community, Mesa Verde National Park, mesa, alcove, Pueblo, ancestor, sandstone, kiva, plaster, mano, metate, stone tools, pottery, baskets, weaving, archaeology.
The Lesson Plan (Teacher Led)
► Discuss the concept of Community with your students. Some questions to consider:
Last updated: March 30, 2021