Field Trips

Tales of a Time Traveler

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Literacy and Language Arts

This post-visit activity is intended for use after a trip to Mesa Verde National Park and an educational tour of Balcony House. Students will 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.


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Last updated: October 2, 2015