Educational Resources

Teachers, Parents, and Homeschoolers, we have a number of resources for you.

Some are on our site, and some are on other sites and You Tube. We invite you to teach your students about Pike’s expeditions and this important period in history.

On Site Resources

I Like Pike Contest #1: “What Pike Saw”

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  • Anyone may enter.
  • Prizes of $25, $50 & $100 + membership
  • All submissions MUST be received by 9 pm on Monday, February 28, 2022

Zebulon Pike and the Blue Mountain DVD

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This award-winning video, created by John Johnson, is an entertaining way to learn about Zebulon Pike, and the “small blue cloud” that he saw in Colorado, which is now known as Pikes Peak.

Pike Coloring Book for Kids of All Ages

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Produced by retired Disney artist Ed French, this 40+ page coloring book is a great educational or entertainment resource for kids and adults alike.

Zebulon Pike Bibliography

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We have compiled a list of over 40 works that we used/cited in our research/writings, or that include references to or information about Zebulon Pike. These are great resources for teaching history, exploration.

Off Site Resources

Zebulon Pike Curriculum Guide

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  • Lesson Plans, Projects, Learning Materials, Assessment, etc.
  • Includes 5 Sections aimed at these learning areas: a) Social Studies, b) Science c) Reading/Writing d) Physical Education & Health and e) Math
  • Produced by the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo [Colorado] {HARP}

Maggie’s Suitcase Video Lesson on Zebulon Pike

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  • Popular You Tube series by Maggie
  • 4 minute video
  • Features both animation and historic artwork
  • Geared towards ages 4-9
  • A great synopsis of his life, military career, explorations, the Louisiana Purchase, Pikes Peak, and more.

Pikes Peak: Colorado Mountain That Impacted US History

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  • Popular You Tube series by Cliff Langston
  • 5.75 minute video
  • Features both animation and historic artwork
  • Geared towards folks of all ages
  • A great synopsis of how Pikes Peak (in the Rocky Mountain Range) played a huge role in US history.

The Life, Explorations and Death of Zebulon Pike

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  • Produced by Daunte Hanks
  • 3 minute video
  • Maps, Quick Facts, Photos and Beautiful Vistas
  • Set to Symphony no 5. in C minor op 67 – Allegro brio, from the album, Beethoven: Symphony no. 2 – Symphony no. 3 – Symphony no. 5, played by the Suddeutsche Philharmonie

A Brief History of Colorado Through Time (Geology of Colorado)

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  • Produced by IGP Colorado.
  • 24.5 minute video
  • Their mission is to illustrate basic principles of geology in entertaining and accessible ways. Enjoy digital animations and interactive displays showing the geologic evolution of Colorado.

Zebulon Pike & Pike’s Peak Lesson for Kids

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  • 5th grade social studies lesson – Written Lesson, Video & Quiz
  • Instructor: Kristin Pia Hayman
  • Kristin taught for over 10 years in the elementary classroom. She holds a B.A. in Journalism as well as a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.

This Day In History Video: Zebulon Pike spots an imposing mountain November 15, 1806

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Approaching the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains during his second exploratory expedition, Lieutenant Zebulon Pike spots a distant mountain peak that looks “like a small blue cloud.” The mountain was later named Pike’s Peak in his honor.

Mrs. McPeek Reads Zebulon Pike’s Journal

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  • 4th Grade Social Studies
  • 5 minute video
  • Zebulon’s journals were confiscated by the Spanish during his capture. but were recovered, shedding new light on the discovery of the famous peak that bears the explorer’s name.

Zebulon Pike & The Small Blue Mountain in Photos

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  • Produced by the 8th grade iPad pilot students at Skyview Middle School (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • 3.5 minute video
  • Students read Zebulon Pike’s Journal covering his efforts to reach the summit of Pikes Peak, and all of the obstacles and suffering he, and his men, experienced along the way.

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