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Meso-American and Andean Civilizations Teacher Resources
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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. They describe the achievements in astronomy and math.
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 plan, but is formatted on an incomplete template.
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!
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. Students write an essay based on information on the timelines.
Ninth graders indicate how people arrived at the Americas and how climate and geography played a role in where they settled. They describe and compare the major advances made by the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec cultures in reference to Agriculture, Religion, Government, and Social Classes. Students state why (or theories why) the three cultures declined.
Students examine the cultures of the indigenous people who inhabited the United States. In this Native American history lesson, students discover how to take notes that resemble fact card games. Students quiz one another on the major native cultures of the Americas using the completed cards.
Students 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. Students work in groups to research current issues that have been influenced by the Self Determination Act and present an oral report on their findings.
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. This presentation discussed the things that are verifiable, such as the size of the mounds, and the issues that are still under debate, like the purpose of the formations.
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.