Hohokam Communities: Taking Risks and Making Trade-offs

Lesson Plan Content
In this lesson, students will analyze and interpret archaeological data in order to rank ancient settlements according to criteria related to sustainability. Students will also gain a better understanding of the Hohokam as a culture of master canal builders and experienced farmers. And finally, students will gain insight into Arizona’s present population density and the risks and trade-offs made to sustain the current communities.
Andrea Barker/April Kamp-Whittaker
Grade Range: 
3-4 class periods
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
3: How to analyze the spatial organization of people places, and environments on Earth's surface
4: The physical and human characteristics of places
11: The patterns and networks of economic interdependence
12: The processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement
13: How the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth's surface
17: How to apply geography to interpret the past