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Chapter 1: Arizona Stories: Activities

Chapter 1: Arizona Stories: Activities

Interview Activity:

  1. Have the students interview another classmate using the interview worksheet

  2. Have the students interview someone outside the classroom who is not originally from Arizona
  3. Have the students compare and contrast the interviews as a class.

Time Capsule Activity:

  1. Have the students bring in an object from today that represents them.
  2. Then have students answer the following questions about their object.
    1. Why is this object important?
    2. Pretend you stumble upon the time capsule some time later, what will people think of it when they open the capsule in 10 years, 20 years, 50 years 100 years?
    3. What kind of story does it tell?
  3. Have the students share with the class their object.
  4. This activity is connected to another activity in <<chapter 4>>

Poster Activity: This activity is to help students categorize and identify primary resources.

Different Types of Histories:

History is a record of the past. Every person and every thing have a history. Look at the word “history.” Take off the first two letters of the word. What is left? It is the word “story.” Don’t forget that history is a story. It is the story of all of us.

Stories of a Place-
Places have their stories. Have you ever wondered how a town got its name? What does its name mean? Was it named for a person or an event? To answer these questions we need to search for the stories of the place.

Stories of People-
Arizona’s story includes the stories of ordinary people and heroes.
One way to learn about a person is though a biography. A biography is the story of a person’s life that is written by another person.

Stories from the land:
The oldest stories of Arizona are found in the land. The Grand Canyon tells the sotyr of a river that helped carve the canyon.
Even roads tell stories about the past. Ancient people followed dirt paths made by animals. People walked to nearby villages to get food and supplies. Today we still use some of the same trails, but now they are roads.
Canals, or waterways made by people were first dug by people in ancient times. When farming became a big business in Arizona, many farmers used some of the same canals.

Stories from Objects:
Clothing, toys, and pictures have their own stories that are locked away until we study them closely.
Many people left behind objects, such as pottery and tools. Objects that people made or used and left behind are called artifacts. We can study these artifacts to learn about Arizona’s story.

Stories from people-
Some stories are passed down though the generations of a family. Some stories teach family members how to make certain crafts and recipes. These kinds of stories are part of oral history.
One type of oral history is stories that come in the form of tales. These tales may or may not be true. Though these tales we can learn what people believed and what was important to them.

History Types Activity:

  1. Create a Poster with the word History in the Middle
  2. Then as you discuss the different types of histories write them on the poster but space them out
    1. Stories of People
      1. Biography
    2. Stories from the Land
      1. Rock Art
      2. Grand Canyon
      3. Canals
    3. Stories from Objects
      1. Clothing
      2. Toys
      3. Pottery
    4. Stories from Picture
    5. Stories from People
      1. Recipes
      2. Legends
  3. Pass out the different pictures and artifacts for the poster
    1. Pictures of
      1. Historical People
      2. Rock Art
      3. Landforms
      4. Clothing
      5. Toys
      6. Historical Photographs
      7. Recipes
      8. Legends
  4. Have the students identify their type of history based on the artifact they have.
  5. Have the students glue the pictures and artifacts to the poster
  6. Once everyone has placed their object on the board go over the poster as a class.
  7. Have the students identify their object and explain why they put it in that category.