Meso-American and Andean Civilizations Teacher Resources
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Meso-America and the Andes
Students compare and contrast the structures of Meso-American and Andean civilizations. Using geography, they discover the landforms and climates of Central and South America. They examine the role of family structures and religious beliefs and practices.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
New Review The Origins of Civilization and Agriculture: Integrating the Study of Food
What role has food played in the rise and changing nature of civilizations? Here you'll find a fantastic set of lessons and materials on such topics as where food is grown in the United States, the food of ancient peoples, sustainability, and the connection between food and the world economy.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 7 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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
Modeling Earth's Atmosphere
Life on Earth is made possible by the unique composition of its atmosphere. Working collaboratively, a scale model is created as young scientists learn about the different layers of gas that surround the planet. Cards are included that describe the specific region of the atmosphere that each group is responsible for adding to the model.
3rd - 5th Science 95 Views 90 Downloads
Poverty Point: A Louisiana Treasure
A well-done and informative presentation, this resource could be used to pique interest in Lousiana's history. This presentation about Poverty Point, a mound created by Native Americans, is a fascinating exploration of this topic. What is most interesting about the subject is what we don't know.
5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 12 Downloads
Civilizations of the Americas
Study and compare multiple aspects of both Aztec and Inca civilizations. Young historians explain how each of the empires came to be, and how they were both defeated by the Spanish. The resource starts out as a good lesson, but is formatted on an incomplete template.
7th Social Studies & History 4 Views 19 Downloads
An Illustrated comparative Timeline of Selected cultures in North America Until Initial European Contact
Students view a seven meter time line with a scale of one mm=1 year, and three rows (Canada, Mexico, United States). They identify civilizations on each timeline. Students determine the affect of the ability to cultivate corn on a civilizations stability.
7th - 9th Social Studies & History 6 Views 52 Downloads
Loco for Cocoa
Is there anything better than chocolate? This series of cross-curricular lessons lays out five to seven days of a study on chocolate. Over these days, learners watch video clips about how chocolate is made, compose poems and legends, complete a map and timeline of the history of chocolate, and interact directly with chocolate.
5th - 8th Language Arts 32 Views 147 Downloads
Federal Indian Policy --Self Determination
High schoolers explore Native American self determination. In this Native American history and writing lesson, students discuss and summarize the main points of the Self Determination Act after viewing an interview of a current Montana tribe leader.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 14 Downloads
Sort It Out- Middle Ages or MesoAmerica
Fifth graders distinguish between the Middle Ages and Mesoamerican images. In this sorting lesson, 5th graders view pictures of the Middle Ages and Mesoamerica and sort them into the correct group. Students use higher level thinking skills to distinguish between the pictures.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 8 Downloads
The Exchange, Destruction and Reconstruction of Architectural Signs and Symbols in Mexico-Tenochtitlan: A History of Order and Power
Fifth graders use the internet to research the history of cultures throughout the world. In groups, they disucss the meaning of various symbols and view Tenochtitlan as a center of power and wealth. They use everyday materials to create a model of the city and share it with the class.
5th Language Arts 3 Views 12 Downloads
Pizarro and the Conquest of the Incas
Students watch a video and complete an online scavenger hunt to explore Incan civilization. In this Age of Exploration lesson, students read about Pizarro and role-play figures to recreate the events. Students create vocabulary flashcards and a podcast about Pizarro's conquest and present them to the class.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 22 Views 59 Downloads
Students research and plan a Mississippian garden. In this Native American history instructional activity, students work in groups to research crops used by Native Americans in the Mississippian Period and use the information to plan and create an illustration of their group's garden.
3rd - 8th Math 3 Views 7 Downloads
Young scholars 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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 16 Views 30 Downloads
2008 Master Gardener Training: Basic Entomology
The author of this presentation elaborates on the details of insect classification, information apparently required to become a master gardener in the horticulture program at Oregon State University. Though lengthy (110 slides), it is an outstanding collection of photos, graphs, and diagrams to educate the viewer in basic entomology.
Higher Ed Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Fossils and Lithologic Units
Practicing paleontologists map the geologic time scale, simulate the formation of sedimentary rock, and analyze fossil data. Instructions for four activities and five assessment choices are provided for the teacher. This comprehensive lesson plan thoroughly exposes learners to the stages of evolution as evidenced by the fossil record.
6th - 9th Science 37 Views 137 Downloads
The Uluburun Shipwreck Project: Interconnections through Trade in the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean World
Ninth graders examine causes and effects of the Uluburun shipwreck. In groups, they develop their own ways to categorize the artifacts found on the ship and decide on the research questions they are going to focus on. They use the information they collect to organize it in a database and share their results with the class.
9th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
Artifacts: Bringing the Past Back to Life -- the Mexican Case
Students examine and discuss the meanings of the various symbols in Tenochtitlan. In groups, they complete a part of the model of the city and discuss the importance of finding artifacts. Individually, they choose an a two-dimensional object, identify its characteristics and the elements of design found on the object.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads