Utah Lesson Plans
Social Studies
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Upper Elementary
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  • Uolsocialstudies
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    Utah Exploration

    Utah Exploration


    This resource is a Social Studies student activity that utilizes Utah's Online Library resources - specifically, World Book Encyclopedia - World Book Student to help students learn about Utah Exploration. 

    About Utah’s Online Library

    Utah's Online Library provides Utah educators and students free access to high-quality reference collections such as EBSCO, Gale Reference Collection, World Book, eMedia, and LearningExpress Library.

    This activity was designed to help educators utilize this amazing resource in their classrooms.

    Note: Utah educators and students visiting Utah's Online Library from a school computer should be automatically authenticated. When at home, students must use the home access login that their teacher or school media specialist can provide. Utah educators can use either their my.uen login or the home access login.


    Early Native Americans, of course, lived in the Utah area long before explorers and settlers arrived in the west. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, others began discovering, exploring, and mapping what is now Utah. Students can find out more about Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, Francisco Atanasio Dominguez, and Jim Bridger; all were early explorers of Utah.

    Did you know that World Book Encyclopedia Online which is part of Utah's Online Library is customized just for Utah learners?  On the main page of World Book Student, click on World Resources on the left, then Interactive maps. Utah should pull up on the map with links to more information. Students can begin their Utah investigations using this student-friendly resource.

    Curriculum Connections:

    Social Studies - 4th Grade