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The Aztecs - Mighty Warriors of Mexico
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.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 44 Views 119 Downloads
Combining social studies and geography, pupils identify the various foods eaten by the Aztecs. They create a recipe for an Aztec evening meal, including preparation instructions. Next, they explain why the Aztecs ate foods commonly found near water.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 22 Views 76 Downloads
The Eagle Has Landed: Aztecs Find a Home
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.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 13 Views 53 Downloads
Young scholars examine and research the Aztec's culture and their corn-growing techniques. They conduct research on the significant role that agriculture and corn played in Aztec life, then create a diorama illustrating the Aztec corn-growing techniques.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 2 Downloads
On Aztec Terraces
Students investigate the development and use of Aztec terraces while farming. They conduct research using a variety of resources. Students use the information for the context of class discussion and then create a diorama to represent the terraces.
5th - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
Aztec Artifact Essay
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.
8th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts 10 Views 42 Downloads
Here are three interconnected lessons intended to build an understanding of life in Mexico prior to and after contact with Spain. Learners take a "trip" to Tenochtitlan through a series of images, read The Evil of Tezcatilipoca and The Return of Quetzalcoatl, then hear a lecture on the fall of the Aztec empire.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 22 Views 53 Downloads
Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas: 600-1500
Provide an overview of the religion, life ways, wealth, decline, and economy of several early civilizations. culture groups covered are the Aztecs, Teotihuacan, Maya, Anasazi, Mississippian, Chokia, Moche, and Inca. The only thing this presentation is missing is images.
7th - 10th Social Studies & History 35 Views 89 Downloads
Aztec Myths: Writing Editorials
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.
7th - 9th Language Arts 10 Views 23 Downloads
Aztec, Inca, Maya
Here are a series of lessons on the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan civilizations. This incredible, 15-lesson plan 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.
5th Social Studies & History 53 Views 265 Downloads
The Marvels of Meso-America: Aztec, Inca, and Maya
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.
5th Social Studies & History 48 Views 207 Downloads
In this Aztec calendar worksheet, students create an Aztec scroll calendar to record the itinerary of a virtual trip to Mexico. They research the symbols used in Aztec calendars and use the internet to find the places in Mexico they could visit to see Aztec ruins.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History 6 Views 7 Downloads
Native American Groups
These slides are attractively designed but some contain a lot of text. Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, Aztec, Mayan, Olmec, and Mississippi Mound Builders are the pre-colonial Native American groups detailed in this PowerPoint. The government and religious aspect for each is covered.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 14 Downloads
Scenes from Aztec Society
Analyzing an image depicting a scene from the past can be as effective as reading (for some learners). Here, they analyze two drawings showing an Aztec ceremony and an aerial view of Tenochtitlan. They answer 4 questions about each picture.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 13 Views 84 Downloads
Why did the Aztec and Inca civilizations disappear?
Middle schoolers can analyze primary source documents to answer the question, "Why did the Aztec and Inca civilizations disappear?" They will read the provided excerpts then answer 11 different questions to uncover the ultimate answer.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 36 Views 285 Downloads
The Aztecs 1200-1521
Here is a cool way to use a slide show presentation. Each slide provides a document or excerpt and a critical-thinking question. Information is focused on the traditions and lifestyle of the Aztecs. A good way to review for a test.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 5 Views 21 Downloads
Students investigate the Aztec calendar. In this Aztec calendar lesson, students look at examples of Aztec calendars, both the solar and lunar calendars. They access web sites to further investigate the calendars before making a Aztec calendar of one, teacher assigned month.
3rd - 4th Science 13 Views 14 Downloads