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Ethnic Groups of Utah

Time Frame

5 class periods of 45 minutes each

Group Size


Life Skills

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Social & Civic Responsibility




After working through this project you will learn how Native Americans are making progress through self-determination and self-government. The Hispanic community has a rich cultural heritage. You will be able to list the contributions that African Americans have made to Utah.

How do Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders keep their cultural heritage? Why did the varied Religions impact the state of Utah and what dimension did new Immigrants add to the communities?

Why do people come to Utah?


  • Computer Lab with internet access.
  • One computer with internet access combined with a projection system.
  • A small pod of computers with internet access with rotating student groups.

Print out all information from the internet and create overheads. Use it as a extra credit assignment for students who have internet access.

Background for Teachers

Ethnic groups:
A group of people with characteristics in common that distinguish them from most other people of the same society. Members may have ties of ancestry, culture, language, nationality or religion, or a combination of these things.

How have the Ethnic minorities impacted the State of Utah?

Students will gain the understanding that all members of the human race are descendants of an ethnic group.

Instructional Procedures

What's your story?

Choose from the activities at the site above. Have the Students start with the activity.

Check the above link. Refer students to the objectives and quizzes found at the following site.

Ethnic Groups of Utah


Ellsworth, S. George The New Utah's Heritage (Gibbs Smith, 1992)

Created: 04/21/1999
Updated: 02/03/2018