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A study of the Aztec, Inca, and Mayan cultures is par-for-the-course for most fifth grade classrooms. This set of lesson plans is worth looking into if you are a fifth grade teacher! In them, learners focus on the geography and culture of the Meso-American civilizations. They engage in hands-on activities and a host of language arts-based activities that require them to listen, write, read, and speak in front of others. Many terrific worksheets are embedded in this fine series of plans.
Here are a series of lessons on the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan civilizations. This incredible, 15-lesson unit would be perfect for any fifth grade study on these important civilizations. Learners focus on the complex nature of the cultures, how their belief systems affected their actions, how the societies found and utilized their resources, and how geography impacted each society's day-to-day life. An excellent educational resource!
To completely follow this outline, you will need to order a poster ahead of time about the Aztec nation. The lesson can be taught, however, without the poster. Middle schoolers discuss where the Aztecs lived and apply the five themes of geography. Discussion questions are listed, along with helpful details to guide the class. Afterwards, they color the included map of Mexico, answer theme-related questions, and more! Many resources in the pdf document make this a valuable addition to your social studies curriculum.
Students examine the complex development of Aztec society. In this early civilizations lesson, students use a variety of maps to obtain knowledge about geographic and historical information. They consider various aspects of Ancient American society, such as early writing and how they shifted from Hunter Gather's to Agriculturalist.
Jr high schoolers gather information about artifacts and write formal essays. After completing a unit on the Aztec civilization, learners view three pieces of Aztec art. As a class, they discuss each piece of art. To demonstrate understanding of the content area, they write an essay. This is easily adapted for small groups.
Upper elementary learners identify the Aztecs as the builders of a great city and rich civilization in what is now Mexico. They locate the Aztec Empire and its capital on a map and place the Aztecs in the chronology of American history. After describing several aspects of Aztec culture, they tell the legend of the founding of the capital city of Tenochtitlan and describe the way the city looked at its peak.
Pupils examine the Aztec civilization in what is now Mexico. Using a map, they locate the empire and explain the legend of the founding of Tenochtitlan. They explore the symbols on various Mexican flags and what they meant to the Aztec culture. A good supplemental resource.
Students explore the Aztec culture and the Conquistadors. In this Aztec lesson, students investigate the language and culture of the Aztec civilization. Over several days and lessons, students expand their study to explore the impact of Conquistadors on this ancient civilization.
Students explore Aztec and Mayan history and their influence on contemporary Mexican society. They identify the location, society structure, agriculture, science, and contributions the Aztec and Mayan people made to later civilizations. Students develop a meaningful vocabulary of words related to the culture through web and cluster activities
Middle schoolers write an editorial giving an opinion of whether or not Quetzalcoatl has arrived and if so, what the Aztecs should do. They discuss whether or not they believe Quetzalcoatl is a god or a man, and use an Editorial Prewriting Organizer to assist them in writing their editorials. To extend the instructional activity, encourage young writers to adapt the myth for modern society.
Sixth graders read and analyze an article about the Aztec City of the Gods. They read the article and underline the words that indicate cultural information and complete a chart of cultural words. In addition, they complete a worksheet of story comprehension questions, and match vocabulary words with their definitions. A solid resource for combining social studies and language arts.