Lesson Plan

What's in a Room?

Archeologist at Wupatki Pueblo.

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fifth Grade
Archaeology, Social Studies
National/State Standards:
AZ State Standards: SS03-S1C1-02, SS03-S1C1-03, SS04-S1C1-04, SC04-S1C4-01, SS05-S1C1-05, SC05-S1C4-01.


In this activity, students will experiment with the spatial orientation and layout of Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monuments using the maps and map elements provided. Ideally students should be allowed to experiment with this activity before visiting the sites and after visiting the sites to gain a better understanding of the daily lives of the people who lived in these locations.


Guiding Questions: How did people in the past live? What were different rooms used for? What kinds of objects were found in different rooms?

Lesson Objectives: Students will...

  • Explain how people in the past lived.
  • Describe the objects found in different rooms.
  • Understand the different functions of rooms.





There is no background information associated with this activity.


  • Map Elements Explanation
  • Walnut Canyon Map
  • Wupatki Map
  • Scissors



Before and after field trip visits, teachers can evaluate where students place the objects in the rooms to assess learning.



Park Connections

This activity can be used as a pre/post visit lesson before and after field trip visits.




Additional Resources

This lesson plan was developed by Brian Crosby, archaeology graduate student at Northern Arizona University.


Last updated: February 24, 2015