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Spanish Explorers in Utah

Life Skills:

  • Communication

Time Frame:
2 class periods that run 30 minutes each.

Group Size:


This lesson will the attempted Dominguez-Escalante expedition from Santa Fe to California.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Social Studies - Utah Studies
Standard 2 Objective 2

Investigate the importance of explorers to Utah’s settlement.

Internet Access

Background For Teachers:
The following Website links will aide you in your teaching of Spanish Explorer's.

Web Sites

Student Prior Knowledge:
The area we now call Utah and most of the mid-western and western states were first claimed by Spain. In the 1800's many Spanish explorers traveled through Utah while searching for a more efficient trade route to California.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to explain the contributions of the Spanish explorers in the eventual settlement of the West.

Students will problem solve by utilizing the Internet to plan purchases for a modern day expedition.

Instructional Procedures:


Learn more about Spain by taking a virtual tour.

Web Sites

Assessment Plan:
The students will be able to sing the song, "Santa Fe to Monterey"

Students will submit their Provision Forms.

Students will compare and contrast the provisions available to the Dominguez/Escalante Expedition and the current day supplies(Bloom’s Taxonomy- Evaluate).

Colorado Explorers. Retrieved Oct. 30, 2003,

Jason Skidmore
Jennifer Boyer
Lindsey McMullin

Created Date :
Oct 18 2003 23:30 PM

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