Chaco Canyon

A 7th Grade Exploration of Chaco Canyon and Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area

The 7th grade class has a fantastic opportunity each year to visit Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves one of the best examples of 10th and 11th century Puebloan architecture in the American Southwest. As a part of the New Mexico History curriculum, we will look at the unique influence that Native American culture has had in shaping our state. Chaco Canyon is at the heart of a historical confluence of Native American cultures.

Additionally, we will be visiting Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area, which contains distinctive geological formations and several sites with dinosaur bones from the late Cretaceous Period. This site is close to Chaco and offers us a wonderful way to combine science with NM History. The Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area has been described as a ‚Äúpaleontological treasure and resource‚ÄĚ by leading paleontologists and will provide students the chance to discover and describe fossils and place into a geological timeframe. Students will explore and create models of various type of fossils and learn the importance and limitations of the fossil record.

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