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Please note that with regard to lesson plans dealing with anthropology, archaeology, indigenous people, ancient civilizations, history, etc, there may be some cross-over and blurring of lines between the topics. For example, a lesson plan dealing with archaeology is automatically dealing with an anthropological subject. A lesson plan dealing with indigenous people is also automatically dealing with anthropology and any of them may, or may not, be dealing with history or ancient civilizations. While every attempt will be made to keep the topic lines as 'clean' as possible, be aware this may not always be possible.
Appropriate grade or age levels are included with the lesson plans.
The number of lesson plans available online for this topic is enormous. This site can not and does not index all lesson resources. That would be impossible, as sites appear and disappear with astonishing rapidity. The following provides some idea of what is available and will hopefully be a good starting point.
This page is a supplement to Utah Social Studies where you will find additional material including history, colleges and universities, capital city profile, lesson plans, state government and more.
BlackDog's United States of America Coloring Book - Utah __ The youngest of students can have fun coloring a map of their state along with learning some interesting things about it. You will find a print out for this classroom activity. - From blackdog.net - http://www.blackdog.net/refrigerator/coloringbook/usa/utah.html
Bryce Canyon National Park: Hoodoos Cast Their Spell __ "Use this class-room ready lesson plan to explore the natural wonders of this once remote area in Utah and learn how it became a popular tourist destination in the early 20th century and finally a national park." goals, procedure and materials. - From National Park Service - http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/64bryce/64bryce.htm
Classroom Activities - Heritage Gateways __ You will find a large collection of lessons about Utah history. "Use the graphic links on the left to navigate through this site, which features historical diaries, excerpts from books, articles, commentaries, and maps reflecting the life and times of early Mormon pioneers. For the videos, click on the "Multimedia" link at the top. This online project also has lesson plans and activities appropriate for elementary, middle- and high-school students." - From uen.org - http://heritage.uen.org/resources/activities.html
Contents--Bancroft's History of Utah 1540-1886 __ While not a 'lesson plan' reading this online book could be an excellent classroom activity about Utah history. - From utlm.org - http://www.utlm.org/onlinebooks/bancroftshistoryofutah_contents.htm
Eat Your State! Social Studies Lesson Plan... __ Students make an "edible" map of their state and its resources. When the lesson is over, let 'em munch away at their efforts. - From lessonplanspage.com - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSEatYourState-StateNaturalResourcesIdea24.htm
KidZone Geography - United States Printables for various State Emblems: __ You will find class activity material for your state as well as all the others. These activities are for the earliest grade levels. - From kidzone - http://www.kidzone.ws/geography/usa/index.htm
Knowing Where You Are __ "Students research place names in their state and discover and analyze the varied sources of these place names." Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduplace.com - http://www.eduplace.com/ss/act/knowing.html
Lesson Plan: Utah Archaeology __ "Studying the past cultures of those who made areas of Utah their home, exploring the artifacts these cultures left behind, helps students develop a sense of where they fit along the span of human existence. Students are able to gain a deeper understanding of who they are through exploring the cultures or civilizations that where here before. As students learn about archaeology and archaeologists, they come to realize the richness of Utah heritage and the importance of preserving archaeological sites for future learning and enjoyment." Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From teacherlink.ed.usu.edu - http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/MonsonUnits/JulGree/
Lesson Plans - Make State Maps With MapMachine __ A lesson that can be made Utah specific. "This lesson asks students to compare and contrast their state with another one using observations they make from National Geographic's MapMachine. They'll look at their own state's maps as the teacher creates them for the class, and they'll make their own maps of another state of their choice. They'll list their observations of the two states' maps then write paragraphs comparing and contrasting what they've seen." - Goals, procedure - From nationalgeographic.com - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/03/g35/exploremaps.html
Let Me Tell You About My State! __ "The purpose of this activity is to develop an awareness of the concepts of the United States through the Amateur Radio communication services. It provides an opportunity for the students to verbally interact information about their state. Comparing and collecting data about different cultures, current events, geography, history, government, natural resources, and climate conditions are examples of shared data. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with another student operator to exchange information. Verbal questioning skills, critical thinking skills and the growth of writing skills will be enhanced. Through sharing of information about ones' state, published reports will be written from the acquired data." Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/bz9ou
Mini Study of a State __ The students will learn to do research while comparing your state with one of the states of the U.S. They will be graded on information, drawing and art work, spelling and punctuation and neatness. Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8y9ks
State History Quiz Show __ This is a lesson plan which can be adopted for any state. It is fun as well as educational. Goals, procedure and materials. - From education-world.com - http://www.education-world.com/a_tsl/archives/02-1/lesson010.shtml
State Reports __ Students will use different types of resources (computer software, research books, etc.) to find the climate, landforms, natural resources, government officials, etc. of a specific state. In this case, yours. Goals, procedure and materials. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8alyq
US template __ Print out this template for your students to create a state brochure as a class activity. - From North Canton City Schools - http://www.northcanton.sparcc.org/~orchard/states.htm
Utah History Unit __ This unit combines social studies, math, and language arts to teach about Utah. Goals, procedure, materials. - From teacherlink.ed.usu.edu - http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/MonsonUnits/amyPro/index.htm
Utah Pioneers __ Explore the settlement of people, where they settled, costs that occurred, and hardships. Goals, procedure and materials - From teacherlink.ed.usu.edu - http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/MonsonUnits/jilrad/pioneers.htm
Utah State Flag __ While not a lesson plan 'per se,' it would be an excellent basis for one to teach younger students about your state flag with descriptions, history, and much more. - From allstates-flag.com - http://allstates-flag.com/fotw/flags/us-ut.html
Utah State Study Unit __ These state unit studies are designed to help children learn the geography of the United States and learn factual information about every state. These studies are great for children in the public and private education system as well as homeschooled children." You will find lessons, printables, activities, quizzes, maps, fun facts, and many other classroom activity items. - From About.com - http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjgeog/a/susut.htm
Utah Word Search __ Students find names of Utah cities on a printable puzzle - From thepotters.com - http://www.thepotters.com/puzzles/utah.html
Virtual Field Trips and State Resources - Utah __ As a class activity you can take any of a series of online field trips around the state. Some of these "trips" also have lesson plans which may be ordered, others are free. - from Macmillan/McGraw-Hill - http://tinyurl.com/bsdgy