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Tonto National Monument, A Field Trip Of A Lifetime!

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Tonto National Monument Field Trip!

Today we went to Tonto National Monument. The bus ride there and back was 1 hour and 30 minutes each way. When we arrived we were able to use the bathroom. After, we split up into two groups. One group was with Ranger Jen and the other group was with Ranger Will. Our class went with Ranger Jen and Mrs. Brokaw’s class went with Ranger Will. With Ranger Jen we talked about the group called the Salado. The Salado lived 700 years ago in Arizona. We talked about how the Salado got water from a spring instead of the Roosevelt Lake that was about five miles away. The Salado used the insides of a Saguaro Cactus to build the roof of a Salado’s home. They also used Prickly Pear Cacti pads as a delicious food source. After that we went down to an area where we drew what we learned from her and waited for Mrs. Brokaw’s class. Then, we ate lunch. Next, we swapped Rangers. When we went with Ranger Will we went in a room where we talked about what an artifact is. Next, we started to hike up the mountain and took a few breaks. We went up the mountain because we went to see the cliff dwellings. Ranger Will told us to find an artifact, a fireplace, a Saguaro Cactus roof, and a handprints. Then, when we were done we went down the mountain. Finally, we said our goodbyes and thank yous to Ranger Will and Ranger Jen and headed into the bus.

By: Torrin and Peyton

A Blog Post About Tonto National Monument

The things we did on the field trip were hike the mountains to the top to go to the cliff dwellings, and they told us that they used to be families in each room. They said that scientist said that there used to be 20 rooms and each family would be in one room together. The scientist said there used to be three people in the room that was a family. We also learned about plants. They were Saguaro cactus, Jojoba, Banana Yucca, Prickly Pear Cactus, and Brittlebush. Those plants all have uses. We also learned about irrigation. There are 3 different types of ways to irrigate. The bus drive was over 3 hours total.

By Destiny

On Wednesday, December 20, we went on a field trip. It was a lot of fun. We learned about a bunch of names of plants, and we got to draw some of them. My favorite was the prickly pear cactus and the saguaro cactus. After that we sat down with Ms. Brokaw’s class, and we ate lunch. Then we hiked up a mountain to go see a village that the people of the past made, and it is 700 years old. zit was easier getting down than up.

By Emily

Tonto National Monument

Yesterday we went on a field trip to Tonto National Monument. We saw how people lived there. We learned how they got water and food.They told us that they were farmers. They said they planted plants and used water close to where they lived. We got to go in one of the houses that were there that they lived in. The bus ride from school to Tonto was about 90 minutes over there and back.The bus ride was more than 3 hours.

By Brendon and Jose


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Author: Mrs. Moore

3rd grade teacher in Arizona, USA

One Comment

  1. Hello Mrs. Moore and your 3rd Grade Class !
    Sure sounds like you have had another great outing…I have not been to Tonto National Monument…yet. We have explored in Oregon, Washington, and a little bit in Arizona. The Grand Canyon during a winter snowstorm was a wonderful adventure ! Please let your teacher know, we think of her often. (Mrs. Moore is my niece.) 💕
    More happy adventures to you all !

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