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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 Arizona Social Studies where you will find additional material including history, colleges and universities, capital city profile, lesson plans, state government and more.
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Arizona BLM Coloring Book __ "This is a 27 coloring and activity book in PDF format from the Arizona Bureau of Land Management. It is intended to help kids appreciate the variety of natural resources on public lands in the state. It includes information on the Anasazi Indians, minerals, wildlife and camping in wilderness areas. Activities include a questionnaire on the information presented, a maze, a word search and a hidden picture." - From Arizona BLM/kidsdomain.com - http://www.kidsdomain.com/down/mac/arizonablm.html
Arizona: Geography Lesson plans __ A lesson plan for the younger student in the making of Indian pottery. Reading about Arizona Indians makes it a state specific activity. the lesson can be adopted for use by students in other states. Goals, procedure and materials. - From teachnet.com - http://www.teachnet.com/lesson/socstudies/geography/arizona.html
Arizona State Flag __ While not a lesson plan 'per se,' it would be an excellent basis for one for teaching younger students about your state flag with descriptions, history, and much more. - From allstates-flag.com - http://allstates-flag.com/fotw/flags/us-az.html
Arizona 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/susaz.htm
Arizona Word Search __ Students find names of this state's cities on a printable puzzle - From thepotters.com - http://www.thepotters.com/puzzles/arizona.html
BlackDog's United States of America Coloring Book - Arizona __ 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/arizona.html
Describing the Grand Canyon __ "Students read and analyze an excerpt from one of John Wesley Powell's books about his expedition through the Grand Canyon to understand the physical characteristics and other elements of the Canyon." Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From proteacher.com - http://tinyurl.com/cgm2o
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
Encounters __ From Tumacacori National Historic Park, a teacher's guide to the cultures and history of southern Arizona. Students learn about Missionaries, Native American Tribes, and the Santa Cruz Valley today. - From National Park Service - http://www.nps.gov/tuma/eeintro.html
Getting to Know Arizona __ Here is a web-based unit that guides students in using the internet to learn about the state of Arizona. Lessons include an Arizona scavenger hunt, a tour of the state, and a visit to Tombstone. - From Kathy Floyd - http://www.amphi.com/~tlcf/floyd/web1/kftgwwa.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 - Make State Maps With MapMachine __ A lesson that can be made Arizona 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
Native Americans of Arizona: Songs and Dances __ Here is a web-based unit in which students use the internet to research Hopi, Apache, and Navajo Native Americans. - From Mary A. Ruane - http://www.amphi.com/~tlcf/ruane/web1/tgwrldmus.htm
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