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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.

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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.

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This page is a supplement to Colorado Social Studies where you will find additional material including history, colleges and universities, capital city profile, lesson plans, state government and more.

 

*While many lesson plan sites have a subscription fee or otherwise sell their lesson plans (that is an additional feature of some of the sites found here)  all lesson plans and collections of lesson plans listed here are free.

 

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Alpine Ecosystem Lesson __ "what makes up an apline ecosystem, who lives in an alpine zone and why these areas are special in Colorado."  - From ecenter.colorado.edu - A PDF file, Acrobat Reader needed. - http://ecenter.colorado.edu/earthed/lessons/alpine_lesson_standards.pdf 

BlackDog's United States of America Coloring Book - Colorado __ 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/colorado.html 

Colorado Greats Trading Cards __ This lesson includes researching to find out about famous people from Colorado. - Goals, procedure, materials. - From rrcc.edu - http://www.rrcc.edu/teachered/sharon/coloradocard.html 

Colorado 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-co.html

Colorado State Judicial Branch - Courts in the Community Lesson Plans __ "The following are a series of lesson plans developed in conjunction with the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Courts in the Community program. Courts in the Community is the educational outreach program started on Law Day in 1986 by the Colorado Supreme Court. The program gives high school students hands-on experience in how the Colorado judicial system works and illustrates how disputes are resolved in a democratic society. The courts travel to high schools in Colorado to hear two oral arguments at each location."  You will find a series of lesson plans. - From State of Colorado - http://www.courts.state.co.us/exec/pubed/lessonplans/ciclessonplans.htm 

Colorado 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/susco.htm 

 

Colorado - A State Unit Study __ "This mini unit on COLORADO uses the cross curricular approach to education. There are several activities from different academic subjects for you to choose from. One of the most important things is to have fun!" - From easyfunschool.com - http://www.easyfunschool.com/Colorado.html 

Colorado Word Search __ Students find names of this state's cities on a printable puzzle - From thepotters.com - http://www.thepotters.com/puzzles/colorado.html

The Cowboy Unit __ "These five lessons help students to understand the roles that cowboys played in the United States and Colorado history during the late 1800's. They will develop vocabulary, help students look at cultural assimilation, power, diversity, and economics in Colorado history."  goals, procedure, materials. - From jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us - http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/passport/lessonplan/lessons/cowboyunit.html 

CU Earth Education __ You will find a series of lessons related to Colorado ecology.  Goals, procedure, materials. - From ecenter.colorado.edu - http://ecenter.colorado.edu/earthed/teacher_info.html 

Doing History/Keeping the Past: Colorado History Lesson Plans __ You will find a half dozen excellent lessons covering a wide range of Colorado history.  goals, procedure, materials. - From hewit.unco.edu - http://hewit.unco.edu/dohist/teachers/plans/menu.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 Plans __ "The Colorado Coal Field War Project Lesson Plans were developed by teachers attending the 1999 CEH Summer Teacher's Institute, for use in teaching about Colorado history in the classroom. These lesson plans address a variety of related to the Coal Field War."  Goals, procedure, materials. - From www.du.edu - http://www.du.edu/anthro/ludlow/cfplans.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

Lesson Plans - Make State Maps With MapMachine __ A lesson that can be made Colorado 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 

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://tinyurl.com/8yqbn 

 

 

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