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Chaco Culture

Long After We Are Gone...

Grades 4-6
Social Studies, Language Arts


Starting with the Chaco Culture National Historical Park quarter, the students will research how archaeologists interpret the site’s artifacts.  They will use the “Artifacts of Time” worksheet to discuss how artifacts teach us about past cultures.  They will use the “Long After We Are Gone...” worksheet to discuss how future cultures might interpret our artifacts, and use the “A Time Capsule” worksheet to compile an illustrated time capsule with written justifications for the entries.


Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter Reverse

United States Map

Artifacts of Time

Long After We Are Gone ...

A Time Capsule


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Long After We Are Gone ...

National Standards

Social Studies

National Council for the Social Studies (

  • Culture: Human beings create, learn, share, and adapt to culture.
  • Time, Continuity, and Change
  • People, Places, and Environment

Language Arts

National Council of Teachers of English ( and International Reading Association (

  • Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
  • Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.
  • Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

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