ERIC Number: ED463986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Bryce Canyon National Park: Hoodoos Cast Their Spell. Teaching with Historic Places.
Surrounded by the beauty of southern Utah and panoramic views of three states, filigrees of colorful stones that erosion has shaped into a spectacular array of spires, fins, and pinnacles called "hoodoos" remind tourist viewers of church steeples, Gothic spires, castle walls, animals, and even people. In this lesson students explore why and how the geological wonders of Utah's Bryce Canyon were set aside for public enjoyment in the early 20th century. The lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file for Bryce Canyon and other documents. It can be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses in units on westward expansion (especially the Mormon settlement of Utah) and the conservation movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as in a geology course. The teacher materials section provides general information, gives educational objectives for students, discusses visiting the site, lists supplementary resources, and describes how to use the lesson plans. The student materials section includes: "Getting Started"; "Photograph Analysis Worksheet"; "Setting the Stage"; "Locating the Site" (Maps: Utah and Arizona, Grand Circle Tour); "Determining the Facts" (Readings: Early Uses of Bryce Canyon, Interest in Bryce Canyon Increases, Accommodating Tourists at Bryce Canyon; Document: Union Pacific Ad); "Visual Evidence" (Photos: Bryce Canyon National Park, Thor's Hammer, Bryce's Log Cabin, Tour Groups at Bryce Canyon Lodge, Lobby of Bryce Canyon Lodge); and "Putting It All Together" (Activities: To Make Public or Not To Make Public, Promoting Local Resources). (BT)
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Geography, Geology, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, United States History
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/64bryce/64bryce.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.