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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.
Students complete a WebQuest in which they determine the meaning and symbolism behind Ancient Mesoamerican writing, Glyphs. They investigate the Mayan Calendar system and identify relief carvings found on Mayan temples. They present their favorite glyphs while working in pairs and carve glyph examples in sandstone.
Students research the conditions in Spain during the 15th and 16th centuries. In groups, they write a paper on the information they gathered during their research and why the situation is unique to Spain. As a class, they discuss the role of religion and the king and queen to aid in the situation.