Connections to Our Past with Place

This is a project based lesson. Students will use maps, locate places, research information about how the names came to being and if there is an Indigenous story behind the name. These places do not necessarily have to have a name on a map but has a name that it is known within the community. Students will present information in a written, PowerPoint or poster format. This lesson is written using the Great Basin but can be adjusted to fit any location.

Additional creators: 

Sherry Manygoats

School name: 

Pyramid Lake Jr/Sr High School, Nixon, NV & Tuba City Boarding School, Tuba City, AZ

School district: 

Bureau of Indian Education



Grade Level: 


Subject Area Focus: 

Social Studies/History

Estimated days to complete: 


Creator Name: 

Teresa Wright & Sherry Manygoats